I find it hard to believe that there's anyone on planet Earth who is cooler than Wayne Gretzky. He's the greatest hockey player of all time and you'd never think he was anything more than just a big fan of the game by the way he talks. Well, aside from the few times when he mentions about how great it is to lift the Cup. But he's constantly pumping the tires of other players, clearly keeps up with everything going on with the game today like keeping up with MacKinnon sticking around in the scoring race, and doesn't have a single bad thing to say about the game today. Which is probably why you never hear anybody have a single bad thing to ever say about Wayne. He's just a genuinely good dude who also happened to have 894 career goals and 2857 career points with his name on the Cup 4 times.
But my favorite part about the video was watching Connor the whole time. Obviously Gretzky is the greatest of all time, but McDavid is the best player in the world right now. Crosby and Ovechkin are still above him in terms of what they've done over their career but if there was a free-for-all in the NHL right now and only 1 player could come out on top, it's McDavid. And the whole time during this interview he's over there not really knowing what to do with his hands, bouncing his feet around and taking some nervous sips from the mug. He is the best hockey player on the planet currently and even he can't keep his cool around Gretzky. Meanwhile, 99 is over there just kicked back, leg-over-leg, and probably poured a little something extra in that mug. That's not a knock on McDavid, but just another reason why Wayne is an a tier all on his own. And if he's not on that tier by himself, we can throw Gordie in as well.
Oh and imagine sitting 3 feet away from Wayne Gretzky and hearing him say "you'll win the Cup, you're too good". And that's a spot on take from Gretzky. The only issue is that McDavid had to spend his first 4 years in the league with Peter Chiarelli as his GM so he's basically starting from scratch right now. Like Newton said, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So for as great as Connor McDavid is, that's how dog shit Peter Chiarelli is as a general manager. Now that McDavid is free? Only a matter of time.
P.S. - Hey, Gary Bettman. You heard the man. Let the boys play in the Olympics, ya bozo.
P.P.S. - Holy hell, GQ Sports, get it together. What kind of question was "how does it feel getting checked"? Thanks for really steering the conversation on that one. Maybe you should have asked if the ice was cold next time.