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NHL Network To Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Gretzky Trade to Kings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 05 August 2008 19:06

Gretzky Traded to KingsIt was a day that altered the face of the NHL, and set into motion an escalation in the interest of the game Stateside.

On August 9, 1988, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings were considered to be nothing more than a footnote to the league at the time.

The trade changed the fortunes of the Kings, was a driving force for National Hockey League expansion into the 'Sun Belt’, and generated extensive growth of the game at the grassroots level in “non-traditional” hockey markets.

To commemorate the anniversary, The NHL Network will highlight its "Wayne Gretzky

Week" programming by presenting a one-hour special that features exclusive interviews with Gretzky, former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and former Kings’ owner Bruce McNall, among others, at 9 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, August 6. A VNR of the interview with Gretzky will be provided Tuesday.

NHL NETWORK SCHEDULE FOR GRETZKY WEEK

Wednesday, August 6th

9:00 ET A Day That Changed The Game: August 9, 1988

- One-hour documentary chronicling the Gretzky trade. Features interviews with Wayne

Gretzky, Peter Pocklington and Bruce McNall

10:00 ET Red Wings @ Kings from October 6, 1988 – Gretzky’s first Kings game in Los Angeles.

Thursday, August 7th

9:00 ET Frozen In Time: Wayne Gretzky Trade

9:30 ET Top 10 Wayne Gretzky Moments

10:00 ET Kings @ Oilers from October 19, 1988 – Gretzky’s first game as a visitor in Edmonton

Friday, August 8th

9:00 ET Top 10 Wayne Gretzky Moments

9:30 ET NHL Cool Shots: Extended Play – Wayne Gretzky

10:00 ET Kings @ Oilers from October 15, 1989 – Gretzky breaks Gordie Howe’s career points record

Saturday, August 9th

7:00 ET Kings @ Maple Leafs from May 29, 1993 – Gretzky’s Game 7 Hat Trick propels

LA into the Stanley Cup Final

9:00 ET A Day That Changed The Game: August 9, 1988

10:00 ET Canucks @ Kings from March 23, 1994 – Gretzky becomes the NHL’s all-time goal scoring leader

Source: National Hockey League


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