NASHVILLE – As Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey stood at a podium inside Bridgestone Arena talking about the greatness of their Edmonton Oilers teams, including the 1984-85 group, which was named the greatest in NHL history Monday night, a special guest stood quietly behind them.

As Gretzky was finishing up an answer to a question, waiting to ask a question of his own was Charles Barkley, basketball hall of famer and noted puck head.

“Wayne, who’s your favorite athlete of all-time?” Sir Charles asked, to which Gretzky, without missing a beat, replied, “Grant Fuhr.”