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" Wayne Gretzky, The Great One, Retires"



NHL Legends 6 comes hot on the heels of Legends 5, which I was fairly disappointed in, but this set looks more promising.

This said I would have preferred to have seen someone other than Wayne Gretzky, again!

This is now the tenth Gretzky figure that Mcfarlane's have released.

I know, I know, he is The Great One and remains so, even 8 years after retiring. But....

Yet another figure.

And this isn't even a particularly good pose. Hopefully though the fact that it is a re-enactment of his final moments in the NHL may signal that it will be the last sculpt for a while.

This set will please McFarlane's many Canadian fans with a host of the countries Legends in the game.

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NHL Legends 6 comprises of:

Wayne Gretzky

After dominating the NHL and 1,487 games Wayne Gretzky final called it quits on 18th April 1999.

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His last game with the New York Rangers was against the Pittsburgh Penguins and as a tribute to his many loyal fans after the game he circled the rink and removing one of his gloves waved to the crowd.

"The Great One" as he is affectionately known is the greatest NHL player in its history and remains the leading scorer to this present day.

He was inducted into the NHL's Hall of Fame shortly after his retirement in 1999.

Figure Specs

Gretzky measures 7 inches at top of head, 8 inches at top of raised hand. Articulated at neck, wrists and knees. Includes puck and 3½ inch by 3-inch custom base.

Gordie Howe

Next to Gretzky, Gordie Howe is one of the greatest players in NHL history and is the second all time highest goal scorer in the NHL.

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Gordon "Gordie" Howe was born in Floral, Saskatchewan in Canada on March 31, 1928 is often referred to as Mr Hockey and is regarded as one of the games greatest players ever.

He has been married to Colleen Joffa since April 15, 1953 and both their sons Mark and Marty play proffessional hockey and were his team-mates on the Houston Aeros in the WHA.

Howe made his NHL debut at the age of 18 in 1946 playing right wing for the Detroit Red Wings.

He quickly established himself as a great scorer and gifted player with a great physical strength that allowed him to dominate his opposition.

Gordie Howe managed to dominate the league over a career that spanned five decades and for twenty straight seasons he was in the top five of league scorers, a feat unsurpassed to this day.

Whilst playing for Detroit he led them to four Stanley Cup wins and they topped the league every season for seven consecutive years, another feat that is unequaled in NHL history.

Howe soon emerged as one of the games Superstars and he was often compared to fellow Canadian right winger Montreal Canadien's Maurice "Rocket" Richard, who also wore the number 9 jersey.

Both were often contenders for the league scoring title and during their first encounter, when Howe was still a rookie, he knocked Maurice out with a punch after being pushed.

The two teams also faced off in four Stanley Cup Finals and when Maurice retired in 1960 he paid tribute to Howe by stating that "Gordie could do everything".

The Red Wings continued to be contenders throughout the 50's and early 60's but they began to slump by the end of the 60's.

In 1968 when Howe turned 40 the league was expanded from six to twelve teams increasing his scoring opportunities.

With the addition of Frank Mahovlich and Alex Delvecchio the three became known as "The Production Line" and Howe's scoring return to the levels of his earlier games and topping 100 points for the first time.

After the 1970-71 season a chronic wrist problem forced him into retirement after 25 years in the game.

Initially he took a job in the front office but in 1972 he was offered the job as first head coach of the New York Islanders, but he turned it down preferring to stay with the Red Wings. He was also inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Then in 1973 he was offered a contract by the Houston Aeros to play for them in the newly formed WHA, and so dissatisfied by his lack of influence within the Red Wings he underwent an operation to improve his hand so he could make a return.

After joining the Aeros he led them to consecutive championships and in 1974 at the age of 46 he won the Gary L Davidson Trophy as the WHA's MVP. The Trophy was later renamed the Gordon Howe Trophy.

In 1979 the WHA folded and the Hartford Whalers joined the NHL and Howe, at the age of 51, signed on with them for one final season.

Playing in all 80 games of the season he helped them reach the playoffs. Also as a tribute to his career, along with Phil Eposito and Jean Ratelle, Scotty Bowman selected them to play in the mid-season All-Star game.

At the game in the Joe Louis Arena the crowd twice gave him a standing ovation, lasting so long he had to skate to the bench to stop people cheering.

Another major milestone was reached in 1997 when, at nearly 70 years of age, he returned under a single game contracted to play for the Detroit Vipers of the IHL.

He was further honoredon April 10, 2007 when a new bronze statue of him was unveiled in the Joe Louis Arena, standing 12 feet tall and weighing 4,500 lbs was commissioned by Omri Amrany and includes all Howe's stats and history.

Career Highlights

  • Art Ross Memorial Trophy 1951, '52, '53, '54, '57, '63
  • Hart Memorial Trophy 1952, '53, '57, '58, '60, '63
  • Lester B Patrik Award 1967
  • Made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1971
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame 1972
  • Gary L Davidson Trophy 1974
  • Inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame in 2000
  • Played in 23 NHL All-Star Games
  • Played in 2 WHA All Star Games
  • Ranked the third on The Hockey News list of 100 Greateat Hockey Players
  • His number 9 jersey has been retired by both the Detroit Red Wings and the Hartford Whalers, now the Carolina Hurricanes

Figure Specs

“Mr. Hockey” stands 5 ¾ inches at top of head. Articulated at neck, knees and wrists. Includes puck and 3½ inch by 3-inch custom base.

Johnny Bower

Johnny Bower became a household name in the NHL and a Legend in Toronto after winning four Stanley Cups and in 1969, at the age of 44, he became the oldest goalie ever to appear in a Stanley Cup Final.

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Johnny Bower, also known as The China Wall, was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada on November 8, 1924.

Born John Kishkan he changed his name to Bower during his first year as a professional hockey player in 1944 to make it easier for sports commentators to say.

He is married to Nancy Bower and they have one son, two daughters and six grandchildren. They now live in Mississauga, Ontario.

After serving in the Canadian Army during WW II in England he returned to Canada in 1940 to play junior hockey with the Prince Albert Hawks from 1944-45 and in the AHL for eleven season, primarily with the Cleveland Barons, in the late 1940's to 50's and proved to be a star goalie.

In 1953 he was finally picked up by the New York Rangers for the NHL but after a single season he was delegated back to the minor leagues were he languished for another four years.

During the 1958 Inter-League Draft he was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs were he was to play out the remaining 11 seasons of his hockey career.

The highlight of his career was during his time with the Maple Leafs when they won three consecutive Stanley Cup finals between 1960-62 and then again in 1963 and 1964.

His career however was often hampered by his poor eyesight but despite this he was known for his hard nosed scrappy playing style which helped the Maple Leafs win many of their games.

With the advent of the two goalie system Bower teamed up with Terry Sawchuck but the team were to prove themselves a formidable force and in 1964 they shared the Vezina Trophy for best net-minders for the 1964-65 season.

In his last season, 1969, Bower's became the oldest goal-tender to appear in Stanley Cup at the age of 44. He announced his official retirement on March 19 1970 although he played his last game in the fall of 1969.

Bower was finally rewarded for his commitment to the game and his achievements in 1976 when he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame and in 1998 he was ranked 87 on the Hockey News list of 100 Greatest Hockey Players.

He has also been a member of the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame since 1994 and in January 2004 along with 5 other All-Stars he was immortalized when he was featured on one of the All-Stars Collection postage stamps.

This was followed in 2005 by an unminted Royal Canadian Mint fifty cent coin featuring Bower as part of its four coin Legends of the Toronto Maple Leafs set and in 2007 he received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

Career Highlights

  • Hap Holmes Memorial Award (best AHL goal-tender) 3 times.
  • Vezina Trophy, 2 times
  • 1961 All Stars First Team
  • AHL Les Cunningham MVP Award, 3 times

Figure Specs

Bower measures 5 1/8 inches at top of head. Articulated at neck, wrists and knees. Includes puck and 3½ inch by 3-inch custom base.

Cam Neely

Born on June 6, 1965 in Comox, British Colombia Cameron "Cam" Michael Neely was drafted ninth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1983 entry drafts. In the previous season he had had a remarkable year leading the Portland Winter Hawks to the Memorial Cup Championships becoming the first US based team to win the Cup.

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He stayed with the Canucks before he was traded to the Boston Bruins. It was soon evident that the Canucks had made a grave error in the trade and that the Bruins had easily got the better end of the deal.

Neely's success was largely due to his hard accurate shot as well as his quick release and readiness to participate in the games more physicl side. At an incredible 6 ft 1 in and 215 lbs he also had a devastating body block and soon earned the nickname "Bam Bam Cam".

After a collision in game 6 of the 1991 Prince of Wales Confrence Finals with Ulf Samuelson Cam Neely was injured and to add to the problem he developed myositis ossificans in the injured area an was unable to return to hockey until 1993 and finally leading to his retirement in 1996.

Neely played ten seasons with the Bruins and in this time, despite being injury-prone, only three other players have a better average score per game than he achieved during his 1993-94 season and only ten players in NHL history have scored a better average score per game over the course of their career than Neely did.

He reached the fifty goal mark on three occasions and played in five All-Star Games and was named to the All-Stars game Second Team four times.

Neely's intense efforts to overcome his injuries time and time again were recognized after the 1993-94 season when he was awarded the Masterton Trophy but his degenerative hip condition finally forced him into retirement.

He was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Bruins have since retired his number 8 jersey.

Both his parents died of cancer and Neely remains active in the Cam Neely Foundation which, with the New England Medical Center, where patients, and their families, undergoing cancer treatment can find accommodation at the "Neely House".

Figure Specs

Neely measures5 ¼ inches at top of helmet. Articulated at neck, knees and wrists. Includes puck and 3½ inch by 3-inch custom base.

NHL Legends 6 Due Dec, 2007



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