Let's start with this premise: the trade of wayne gretzky from the edmonton oilers to the los angeles kings 25 years ago ranks as the most significant trade in the game's history. The nhl has been so closely tied to hockey's growth in the united states, from the very beginning really however, there are two significant events that altered the game forever in this. A visibly distraught wayne gretzky sits at the press conference where his trade from the edmonton oilers to the los angeles kings is announced in 1988. Wayne gretzky would have been playing for the detroit red wings if his wife would have had her way in the 1988 trade from the edmonton oilers that gutted canadian hockey fans.
The biggest trade in sports history hit wayne gretzky like a lightning bolt hockey’s greatest player knew it was coming, knew he was being dealt from the edmonton oiler to the los angeles. Online shopping from a great selection at books store discover books, read about the author, find related products, and more more about wayne gretzky. I'm a hockey noob however, i recently got into reading aboot wayne gretzky he is undoubtedly the goat in hockey if that the case, why did the. With wayne gretzky's trade from the dynastic oilers to the kings 20 years ago unassailably the most significant move in the nhl annals, scott burnside reveals the seven biggest swaps in. On the anniversary of wayne gretzky's trade to la, a look at five other monumental deals that changed the course of nhl history.
Read about the latest nhl trade rumors, leave comments on the rumors february 27 in nhl history features wayne gretzky traded to st louis blues by la kings. Wayne gretzky, nicknamed the great one, is widely considered the greatest hockey player of all-time at the time of his retirement at the end of.
It's been 29 years since wayne gretzky was traded to los angeles, and while no trade will ever be quite as shocking, look back on five deals that have stunned the hockey world in the years. Former kings president recalls the famous trade that brought wayne gretzky to town 25 years ago. 25 years ago, the canadian hockey world was rocked when their hero wayne gretzky went from the edmonton oilers to the la kings it wasn't just an important moment for hockey in los.
Wayne gretzky admits that it was his dad walter who convinced him to play for the los angeles kings when the historic trade was made with the edmonton oilers back in 1988. Wayne gretzky was housesitting for alan thicke when he was traded wayne gretzky and alan thicke are trade that sent wayne gretzky from the edmonton oilers to.
Following his 1988 stanley cup victory, the wayne gretzky trade sent him to los angeles few know he was almost traded to the detroit red wings instead. Because, after all, if wayne gretzky could be traded on the 25th anniversary of the wayne gretzky trade from the edmonton oilers to the los angeles kings, here are 99 facts, figures. Retired nhl player wayne gretzky made a name for himself for his impressive record on the ice learn more at biographycom. The gretzky trade: they said it here's some quotes from 20 years ago about the unthinkable gretzky trade: you cannot replace wayne gretzky. The trade that most thought could never happen was made on this date 28 years agowayne gretzky, the captain and the heart and soul of the dynastic edmonton oilers, was traded on aug 9.
Oilers then owner peter pocklington defended this trade many times his biography is titled: i'd trade him again at the time there was no salary cap in the nhl. Jimmy carson, wayne gretzky, mike krushelnyski, and marty mcsorley were all part of the trade on aug 9, 1988 (photos courtesy getty images/reuters. Wayne gretzky on his surprise at the legitimacy of trade rumors immediately after he helped win fourth stanley cup for the edmonton oilers and why he hated c. On saturday, the st louis blues and chicago blackhawks will face off in a winter classic alumni game that will be played outdoors, at a baseball stadium, and will include wayne gretzky.