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Nik:

So with Wayne Gretzky turning 60 I was thinking it was kind of ridiculous that the League hasn't chosen some form of lasting honour in Gretzky's name. While Gretzky isn't my choice for best player ever in terms of peak performance, it's hard to argue with his career as the best ever. So given that we've already got the Richard and Lindsay, I feel like it's probably time to start thinking about the right way to honour Gretzky with an award. Some ideas:

1. Rename the Art Ross. In general I don't think awards should be renamed because it maybe suggests the honour is temporary but this seems like the best fit.

2. Rename the Conn Smythe. Same as above. I like this less because the fit seems less appropriate and the Conn Smythe trophy itself is so cool.

3. All Star Game MVP. Kind of a minor award that nobody pays a lot of attention to but it's unnamed right now at least.

4. Come up with some sort of equivalent to the Hank Aaron award. Either a Best Forward award or maybe a Best Overall Player thing.

Anyways, just spitballing on a snowy morning. Thoughts?

bustaheims:
Maybe create a new trophy for the player with the most assists? I know it's not the sexiest of things to hand out an award for, but it would be fitting, as Gretzky had more career assists than anyone else in the league had career points.

If Richards is honoured as the epitome of goal scorers, Gretzky should be honoured as the epitome of a setup man.

Guilt Trip:

--- Quote from: Nik on January 27, 2021, 08:58:04 AM ---
So with Wayne Gretzky turning 60 I was thinking it was kind of ridiculous that the League hasn't chosen some form of lasting honour in Gretzky's name. While Gretzky isn't my choice for best player ever in terms of peak performance, it's hard to argue with his career as the best ever. So given that we've already got the Richard and Lindsay, I feel like it's probably time to start thinking about the right way to honour Gretzky with an award. Some ideas:

1. Rename the Art Ross. In general I don't think awards should be renamed because it maybe suggests the honour is temporary but this seems like the best fit.

2. Rename the Conn Smythe. Same as above. I like this less because the fit seems less appropriate and the Conn Smythe trophy itself is so cool.

3. All Star Game MVP. Kind of a minor award that nobody pays a lot of attention to but it's unnamed right now at least.

4. Come up with some sort of equivalent to the Hank Aaron award. Either a Best Forward award or maybe a Best Overall Player thing.

Anyways, just spitballing on a snowy morning. Thoughts?

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If you're going to change the Art Ross, you'll have to change the Norris as well.

Nik:

--- Quote from: Guilt Trip on January 27, 2021, 10:02:51 AM ---If you're going to change the Art Ross, you'll have to change the Norris as well.

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I guess but the Nik Lidstrom Award doesn't roll off the tongue in the same way.

Zee:

--- Quote from: bustaheims on January 27, 2021, 09:08:16 AM ---Maybe create a new trophy for the player with the most assists? I know it's not the sexiest of things to hand out an award for, but it would be fitting, as Gretzky had more career assists than anyone else in the league had career points.

If Richards is honoured as the epitome of goal scorers, Gretzky should be honoured as the epitome of a setup man.

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That's actually a good one.  Rocket for goals, Gretzky for assists. 

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