|"The Great One" was traded to Los Angeles 20 years ago this week.
On August 9, 1988, a day that changed the game, Wayne Gretzky
was traded from the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers
to the lowly 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, August 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 media.NHL.com. On Monday, NHL.com will provide an extensive package of stories pertaining to the landmark trade.
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
9:30 ET – Top 10 Wayne Gretzky
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
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