"They've got some of the greatest players in the world," said Flyers defenseman Brad Marsh. "When you don't have the scorers that they do, it takes such an all-out effort to beat them. It's not physically tiring—it's mentally tiring."
It takes character to repeat as champions, and character is the one quality that the Oilers were thought to have lacked. "We didn't want to win just one," said Gretzky a few minutes after skating around the Northlands Coliseum ice with the Cup held aloft. "We've got the reputation of being an arrogant team, a flash-in-the-pan team, and we wanted to show people that while we're fancy and flashy, we also work as hard as anyone in the league."
Gretzky is 24 years old. So are Messier and Coffey. Kurri is 25. Fuhr is 22. Now that the heart of the Edmonton Oilers has proved to be the heart of a champion, is there an NHL team in sight that can beat them? Summed up Sather: "There's a lot of pride in this house." And, just maybe, a lot more Cups on the doorstep.