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 bruce bennett studios/getty images aug 9, 1988 is a day that will live in infamy in canada , at least. Wayne gretzky's trade to the los angeles kings from the edmonton oilers on aug 9, 1988 continues to create a ripple effect 25 years later here's a look at how the deal impacted the people and. The blockbuster trade of wayne gretzky 30 years ago did more than put hockey on the map in los angeles it was the spark the nhl needed to take its game to the next level with expansion into sun.
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 kings. Peter puck had been shopping wayne gretzky around for months prior to their 1988 stanley cup victory, to teams like los angeles, detroit, vancouver, winnipeg and the rangers glen sather, who objected to the trade as strenuously as a gm is capable and even threatened to resign, was eventually persuaded by the great one to support the deal. It was august 9, 1988 that the trade officially went down, sending wayne gretzky from the edmonton oilers — where he won four stanley cups — to the los angeles kings. Exactly 30 years on from momentous trade to la, wayne gretzky peers ahead to hockey's future the anniversary comes just after gretzky was named a global ambassador for the khl team kunlun red.
Early years wayne gretzky was born on january 26, 1961 in brantford, ontario, the son of phyllis leone (hockin) and walter gretzky the couple had married in 1960, and lived in an apartment in brantford, where walter worked for bell telephone canada. Twenty-five years ago, on aug 9, 1988, the oilers and kings completed the nhl's trade of the century: 27-year-old wayne gretzky -- already an eight-time mvp and widely recognized as the best. 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. August 9, 1988, the date of biggest trade in sports history, when the edmonton oilers traded the great one, wayne gretzky, to the los angeles kings indeed, the 20th anniversary of the trade is featured on the nhl's web site. Wayne gretzky, whose arrival propelled a faltering franchise to hockey respectability and brought the kings within three games of a stanley cup in 1993, left los angeles having fallen short in his ultimate mission tuesday when he was traded to the st louis blues.
Here's how the wayne gretzky trade was officially looked when all was said and done: the edmonton oilers traded wayne gretzky, along with marty mcsorley and mike krushelnyski, to the los angeles kings for jimmy carson, martin gelinas, $15 million us in cash, and the kings' first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991, and 1993. After saying the trade was made for the benefit of wayne gretzky, my new wife and our expected child in the new year, the hockey star then walked away from the microphone, overcome with. It's among the most vivid scenes in hockey history and it didn't even happen on the ice wayne gretzky dabbing at his tears with a tissue, slumped over a mass of microphones at molson house, the. The stunning trade of wayne gretzky in 1988 is often cited as a reminder that any player, from any team, at any time, can be traded looking back on 'the trade' and other nhl stars shipped to new. Thursday marks the 30-year anniversary of the infamous wayne gretzky trade, where the edmonton oilers shipped no 99 to the los angeles kings turns out, the vancouver canucks nearly landed the.
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. Twenty-five years have passed since the sale and trade of wayne gretzky from the edmonton oilers to the los angeles kings has it really been that long. It's been 30 years since the wayne gretzky trade to the los angeles kings that sent shock waves throughout edmonton, all of canada, and the entire hockey world this was a major event for the. That would be the aug 9, 1988, trade that sent wayne gretzky from the edmonton oilers to the los angeles kings at the time the deal went down, gretzky was in la — housesitting for thicke and. View wayne gretzky hockey card values based on real selling prices.
By sal barry thirty years ago, on aug 9, 1988, the biggest trade in sports was made when the edmonton oilers sent wayne gretzky to the los angeles kings in a multiplayer deal that included draft picks and $15 million. However, the wayne gretzky trade expedited the end of the dynasty sure, the oilers were still very good without him, even winning a stanley cup in 1990 and making it to two western conference. A day before the 30th anniversary of his famous (sale) trade to the los angeles kings, wayne gretzky was named as global ambassador for beijing's kunlun red star, which has a team in russia's. On august 9, 1988, the la kings made the biggest trade in sports history when they acquired wayne gretzky, marty mcsorley and mike krushelnyski from the edmonton oilers for jimmy carson, martin gelinas, first round draft picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993 and $15-million in cash you know this as the.
The socal fan base, sports illustrated wrote at the time, put the sport on par with intramural beanbag tossing then, on aug 9, 1988, the edmonton oilers traded wayne gretzky to la for. On the 23rd anniversary of the wayne gretzky sale trade, it's only natural to take a look back at the trade's importance on the league stephen brunt wrote a good book about the entire deal in.