June 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings former center Wayne Gretzky (right) and former teammate Mark Messier (left) watch play during the second period against the New Jersey Devils in game three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Wayne Gretzky says he retired after people warned him before they hit him


The NHL has seen it’s fair share of good players, but there has only been a single great one. Wayne Grretzky called it a career before the turn of the millennium and in doing so he ended the greatest hockey career anyone has ever had in the history of the game.

Unlike basketball, there has been no one to come close to challenging Gretzky on any level and the game truly hasn’t seen anyone like him since he retired. Many people are still wondering why Gretzky called it as career when he did, as many hockey players play well into their 40s. Speaking on Conan last night, The Great One gave a little insight into when he knew it was the right time to hang up the skates.

“But I knew it was time to retire when I was playing my last year and people I was playing against, before they would hit me, they would scream my name and I remember thinking, ‘Wow something’s not right about this.’

Gretzky was talking about how it’s a myth that he never got hit in his career, as he was probably the one player everyone wanted to hit equally.

It may seem like Gretzky is playing up the story for late night, but Conan’s joke about to wanting to be the guy who killed Wayne Gretzky rings truer than you’d think.

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