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From NHL.com's Dave Stubbs:
The trade that most thought could never happen was made on this date 28 years ago.
Wayne Gretzky, the captain and the heart and soul of the dynastic Edmonton Oilers, was traded on Aug. 9, 1988, sent to the Los Angeles Kings along with center Mike Krushelnyski and defenseman Marty McSorley. Coming to the Oilers in return were center Jimmy Carson, first-round draft choice Martin Gelinas, first-round picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and $15 million.
The trade, which caused chaos in Edmonton and left all of Canada in disbelief, redefined player movement throughout sports.
Every trade made in its wake, no matter how monstrous or unthinkable, could now be explained logically: "Well, if Wayne Gretzky can be traded, anyone can be traded."
None of that, though, made the day of the trade any less surreal.
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“For the guys that go on the ice now, it’s less important to score – it’s more important not to get scored on. I really believe that with these fourth-line players there’s less pressure to score – just don’t be a minus.
“And then if they advance the puck, if they finish their shift in the other team’s end, they’ve had a great shift. So I’d like to see them get back to the importance of scoring on everybody.”
-Marty McSorley. Read more from McSorley from Colleen Toms of the Brant News.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, “
Then there are times when I’ll walk into a room and I’ll stand there and go ‘Why am I here again?’ – and you just don’t know. You don’t know if it’s from all the contact you’ve had over the years or what.
“With everything that’s gone on, with so many of the guys. … I mean, we had serious concussions and you’d sit on the bench and the trainer would keep asking if you were okay to go.
“So I keep an eye on it, on whether there are some things I’ve slipped on or whatever. It’s very, very real.”
McSorley still lives in Los Angeles these days, but went home to Ontario for Christmas and took in three or four minor-hockey games during that time. The always chatty and occasionally provocative McSorley said he was “shocked” by how poorly equipped the players were to protect themselves; and how vulnerable they were on the ice.
“I don’t know how many kids were there, facing the forwards, or going to the boards and spinning, where they put their backs to the other players. I think that has to be addressed.”