Yearbook, Aug. 9: Gretzky becomes a King

August, 9, 2012
8/09/12
8:50
AM ET
Wayne GretzkyBruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images
Aug. 9, 1988: This day 24 years ago shocked an entire nation, particularly a certain city in Alberta. That was when Wayne Gretzky -- he of four Stanley Cup championships and eight Hart (MVP) Trophies at the time -- was traded from the Edmonton Oilers in his native Canada to the Los Angeles Kings.

The bittersweet move -- later the subject of Peter Berg's 30 for 30 offering "Kings Ransom" -- didn't immediately sink Edmonton; it won the Cup two years later. But the move did breathe life into the Kings, with the team reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 1993 -- 19 years before finally claiming the title, sans-Gretzky (obviously).
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?