Twenty-nine years ago today, Wayne Gretzky broke down in tears in front of press and stunned Edmonton fans, as they learned he would be traded to the Los Angeles Kings:
The trade sent two other Oilers to L.A., in return for two players and several first-round draft picks, but all stunned fans could focus on was that The Great One was leaving Edmonton.
Fans blamed Janet Gretzky, Wayne’s new actress wife – she wanted to move to L.A. to further her career, they said.
Fans blamed team owner Peter Pocklington – he was only concerned with maximizing Gretzky’s value before free agency kicked in, they said.
The trade was even dissected in the book ‘Gretzky’s Tears’
Grab a tissue and (once again) watch Wayne struggle through the press conference that changed his life, Edmonton, and even hockey: