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Wayne Gretzky

On Aug. 9, 1988, a day that changed the game, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.  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, Aug. 6. A VNR of the interview with Gretzky will be provided Tuesday.

NHL Communications also has prepared a comprehensive media information package that will be available Tuesday on On Monday, will provide an extensive package of stories pertaining to the landmark trade.


Wednesday, Aug. 6

9 ET A Day That Changed The Game: Aug. 9, 1988 – One-hour documentary chronicling the Gretzky trade.  Features interviews with Wayne Gretzky, Peter Pocklington and Bruce McNall

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

Thursday, Aug. 7

9 ET – Frozen In Time: Wayne Gretzky Trade

9 ET – Top 10 Wayne Gretzky Moments

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

Friday, Aug. 8

9 ET – Top 10 Wayne Gretzky Moments

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

10 ET – Kings @ Oilers from Oct. 15, 1989 – Gretzky breaks Gordie Howe’s career points record

Saturday, Aug. 9

7 ET – Kings @ Maple Leafs from May 29, 1993 – Gretzky’s Game 7 Hat Trick propels LA into the Stanley Cup Finals

9 ET – A Day That Changed The Game: Aug.  9, 1988

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


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