REPEAT: GRETZKY'S TEARS
He is still "The Great One."
There can be no doubt about the impact of Wayne Gretzky on the game of hockey.
It's been just over a decade since he retired as a player. But for
many fans the day we lost Gretzky happened over twenty years ago, when
Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.
Stephen Brunt is the author of Searching for Bobby Orr. He chronicles
Wayne Gretzky's career and that famous trade in his new book Gretzky's
Tears: Hockey, Canada and the Day Everything Changed. He joined Carol in
our studio in October and tonight, as part of our special holiday
programming, we bring you a not-so-instant replay:
Stephen Brunt joined Carol in our studio back in October. Gretzky's
Tears: Hockey, Canada and the Day Everything Changed is published by
Besides Gretzky, the other principal in the trade story was Peter
Pocklington. The former Edmonton Oilers owner declined to participate
in Stephen Brunt's project. He was working on his own chronicle of that
time. Mr. Pocklington's book was called, I'd Trade Him Again: On
Gretzky, Politics and the Pursuit of the Perfect Deal. And a few days
after we talked to Stephen Brunt, we reached Peter Pocklington at his
home in Palm Desert, California, to get his perspective on the trade.