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.
Jesse CampigottoJesse Campigotto is a senior writer and editor for CBCSports.ca, which he joined in 2005. He leads the site's Olympic sports coverage, co-hosts the CBCSports.ca Podcast and contributes to the hockey and football sections. Jesse was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ont., and now lives in Toronto.