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WATCH: Excerpt from Wayne Gretzky trade news conference

Oilers fans are marking the 25th anniversary of what many consider a dark day in the history of the franchise: the day Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings

Wayne Gretzky was traded to the L.A. Kings 25 years ago today

Wayne Gretzky breaks down in tears as he tries to address a news conference announcing his trade to the L.A. Kings 6:05

Oilers fans are marking the 25th anniversary of what many consider a dark day in the history of the franchise: the day Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.

"I promised Mess I wouldn't do this," Gretzky said as he wiped tears from his eyes and tried to regain his composure during the news conference on Aug. 9, 1988.

Here’s an excerpt from that news conference with Gretzky and Oilers coach Glen Sather.