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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2013 | 08:41 AM

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Wayne Gretzky held a tearful goodbye press conference on Aug. 9, 1988. (Ray Giguere/Canadian Press) Wayne Gretzky held a tearful goodbye press conference on Aug. 9, 1988. (Ray Giguere/Canadian Press)

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Dip into the CBC Radio archives to hear how jilted Edmonton fans reacted to Wayne Gretzky's trade to Los Angeles, and listen to Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry's real-time take on the famous deal.
The blockbuster trade that sent Edmonton Oilers megastar Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings stunned the sports worlds when it was announced 25 years ago, on Aug. 9, 1988.

Nowhere did the news hit harder than in Canada, and especially Edmonton, where Gretzky was (and still is) considered hockey royalty after leading the Oilers to four Stanley Cup titles and breaking numerous NHL scoring records along the way.

In this clip from the CBC Radio archives, hear how jilted Edmonton fans reacted to the Gretzky trade, and listen to Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry's real-time take on the deal.


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