Exclusive: Wayne Gretzky talks greatness in EA Sports NHL 12

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Wayne Gretzky's first NHL goal was a weak dribbler through the five hole of Vancouver Canucks goalie Glen Hanlon back in 1979. Not that the style mattered — you always remember your first time fondly. And your second. And your 500th. And your 802nd.

Here's Wayne Gretzky on how each goal he scored in the NHL "felt the same" as his first:

This is another cut scene from EA Sports' new "NHL 12", as The Great One will appear when someone on your team reaches a specific achievement in the game. Like, for example, 50 goals in 39 games.

That's pretty good motivation, right? Here is what motivates Wayne Gretzky:

You know, this legends thing is a cool idea for "NHL 12". But as we were shooting the breeze with someone this week, another idea came up: Wouldn't it have been cool to see the game honor the 1972 Summit Series for its 40th anniversary? We would have settled for a game-within-the-game where you play as Bobby Clarke and try and break Valeri Kharlamov's ankle. First-person slasher, that sort of thing.

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