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January 1, 2010

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Question Period. Three politicos. Dozens of queries. But only one winner. Yes, that's right, our annual year-end news quiz comes to its conclusion.

And . . . Tears of a centre. Wayne Gretzky left Edmonton behind more than two decades ago, but the controversy over his departure still lives on.

As It Happens, the New Year's Day edition. Radio that yaks about trades and unmasks The Great One.


CLOSING

I can't wait to see who wins this slugfest. There's even more on As It Happens after the quiz concludes. Coming up:

The trade. A look back at the most legendary swap in hockey -- the day Wayne Gretzky left the Oilers for the L.A. Kings.

Stay tuned. I'm CDJ.

And I'm HM.


RETURN BILLS Duration: 00:00:06

Welcome back to As It Happens, Part 2.

Coming up:determining the winner of our year-end quiz, "Answer Me This."


BLOSSOM'S BLUES Duration: 00:03:09

Album:TALKIN' VERVE WITH A TWIST

Label:VERVE, 314 537 914-2

Persons/Roles:
BLOSSOM DEARIE - COMPOSER
RAY BROWN - BASS
BLOSSOM DEARIE - VOCALS
HERB ELLIS - GUITAR
JO JONES - DRUMS
ARIC LACH MORRISON - COMPILER

REPEAT: GRETZKY'S TEARS Duration: 00:01:11

REPEAT: GRETZKY'S TEARS

KH

JAN 1/10

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 Knopf Canada.

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.


GRETZKY ROCKS Duration: 00:01:57

Album:GZOWSKI IN COMPILATION

Label:ANALEKTA, FL-29603

Persons/Roles:
MOE BERG - COMPOSER
MOE BERG - PRODUCER
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS - POP GROUP
AUBREY WINFIELD - PRODUCER

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