The Next One

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The Next One is a nickname found in ice hockey attached to a new, up and coming player, who is deemed to have the capacity for being a top, sport dominating, player, akin to Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Maurice Richard, or Mario Lemieux.[1][2]

List of "The Next One"s[edit]

The epithet has been applied to the following ice hockey players:


The name is a play on Wayne Gretzky's nickname, "The Great One". Each of the players listed has been or is currently billed as the next Wayne Gretzky. Phil Kessel was considered to be on the list during his junior career, but his performance dropped in 2006 and he was taken off the list. To date, no player given the moniker has broken a National Hockey League record set by Gretzky, and only Crosby and Kessel (both as members of the Pittsburgh Penguins) have won the Stanley Cup. Mario Lemieux, "The Magnificent One", was the closest to breaking several of Gretzky's records, but he was never called "The Next One" by the media, because he was Gretzky's contemporary for most of his NHL career. The name continues to be used to highlight the achievements of young players still in their teenage years, who outcompete players older than them in minor league or international junior play as Gretzky did.


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  5. ^ John Grigg (14 November 2016). "Why Eric Lindros is the most important CHL player ever". Sportsnet Canada.
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  9. ^ "The Next 'Next One?'". TSN. Archived from the original on 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  10. ^ Alan Adams (April 24, 2013). "Connor McDavid burnishing 'Next One' status at U-18 tourney". CBC News. Retrieved November 10, 2013.