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The Inside Track: Gretzky magic dazzles L.A.

The Story

Just months after the stunning trade that sent Wayne Gretzky from Edmonton to Los Angeles, The Inside Track finds that even in L.A., the Gretzky magic is for real. From sold-out stadiums to branded golf bags, the Great One and company have Southern California in a hockey frenzy. Meanwhile in Toronto, The Inside Track meets up with Rent-a-Goalie, a new service catering to mere mortals looking for help in net at their pick-up hockey games. Also in this episode, a look at Bjorn Borg's troubled life after tennis.

Medium: Radio
Program: The Inside Track
Broadcast Date: Feb. 11, 1989
Guests: Randy Axelby, Harvey Bolls, Doug Cardy, Gord Deganz, Lisa Dillman, David Graham, Wayne Gretzky, Lloyd Isler, David Lloyd, Bruce McNall, Harry Neale, Pat Sajak, Dave Taylor
Host: Mark Lee
Reporter: Terry Donalea , Scott Chapman
Duration: 21:19

Did You know?

• Wayne Gretzky played for the L.A. Kings from 1988 to 1996. Named captain right away, Gretzky led his new squad to an upset playoff victory in the Smyth division semifinals over his former team the Edmonton Oilers that very first season. In the 1992-1993 season, the Kings went all the way to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history. They lost in five games to the Montreal Canadiens.

• Gretzky was traded in 1996 to the St. Louis Blues, where he stayed just one year before moving on to the New York Rangers. In 1999, he retired from professional hockey. For more information on the Great One, please visit the CBC Digital Archives topic The Great Wayne Gretzky.
• Many credit Gretzky with putting hockey on the map in many parts of the U.S. sunbelt. California alone subsequently got two more hockey franchises, the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. In 2005, Gretzky became head coach of an NHL franchise in Arizona, the Phoenix Coyotes, formerly the Winnipeg Jets.
• Doug Cardy, a former goaltender with the Toronto Marlboro Junior A hockey club, founded Rent-a-Goalie in 1985. By the late 1990s, he had plenty of competition as no fewer than three companies in Toronto were providing goalies for hire. Today, companies in most major Canadian cities rent out netminders for industrial-league and pick-up hockey games.
• The answer to this week's trivia contest is that Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini won a gold medal at the 1984 World Championship in Ottawa.



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