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Today’s the 24th anniversary of the Wayne Gretzky trade

Aug 9, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

Kudos to the fine folks at NHL.com for their innovative look at the 24th anniversary of the Wayne Gretzky-to-Los Angeles trade — 24 of the Great One’s most unbreakable records.

Here’s a quick video rundown remembering Aug. 9, 1988 and beyond:

“I promised Mess I wouldn’t do this”

Gretzky’s tearful farewell presser…

Pocklington: “I had all kinds of death threats”

The Oilers owner quickly became the biggest villain in Edmonton (perhaps Canada).

Gretzky breaks Gordie Howe’s points record…in Edmonton:

One of the two greatest moments No. 99 had in a Kings uniform.

Gretzky’s Game 7 hat trick vs. Toronto in 1993:

I’d argue this would be the other one.

  1. lsxphotog - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Damn, it’s hard to believe it has been that long.

  2. kkingprior - Aug 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    I didn’t realize that he had more career assists than any other player has points. Those are video game numbers there, wow.

    • ryan02190 - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      I’m not even THAT good at NHL 12

  3. namriverrat69 - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    The Great Gretzky’s numbers are so off the charts that a lot of people have no clue that the “Great” in Great Gretzky means unbelievably gifted and so far above the rest there will never be a comparison. It is good to revisit his records just to keep things today in perspective.

    It also offers us a chance to honor the most incredible talent to ever lace up a pair of skates, ever!

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