Found August 06, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
I've been trying to avoid flooding KK members and guests with Gretzky stories, but this one is a good read... from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, We take a look at how 99’s move south impacted not only the game of hockey and L.A. sports, but altered the NHL at large and influenced everything from the Canadian Football League to Saturday-morning cartoon viewing. Tripled the number of NHL teams in California. After Wayne Gretzky joined L.A. in 1988, the San Jose Sharks (1991) and Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1993) joined in relatively quick succession. The Trade has been credited with contributing to the NHL’s Sun Belt expansion in the States. Florida landed two clubs, the Lightning in ’92 and the Panthers ’93; Minnesota’s North Stars chopped off their first name and dropped south to Dallas in ’93; and Phoenix acquired the Winnipeg Jets franchise in ’96. Begat Bettman… and all that entails. Following the success of the Gretzky in L.A., the NHL made McNall chairman of the board...

Wayne Gretzky Was Babysitting Robin Thicke When He Was Traded To L.A.

The news of Wayne Gretzky being traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the L.A. Kings in 1988 turned the hockey world upside down, and no one was more shocked than Wayne himself. Have you ever wondered what he was doing the very moment that he found out? We’ll bet you didn’t think he was babysitting an 11-year old Robin Thicke. Gretzky was housesitting for Growing Pains star and...

Gretzky Goes To Tinseltown Plus 25

((HT: Sportsnet)) It will be 25 years this week that Wayne Gretzky was either traded or sold- depending on your perspective from the Edmonton Oilers to the silver-and-black Los Angeles Kings... Christine Simpson traveled 9,000 miles to put together this must-see story on the principles in the deal... Who still have their own opinions... Now, if she could only tell the...

Robin Thick’s Babysitter Used To Be Wayne Gretzky Seriously.

Not a bad role model for the R&B superstar to have while growing up. During the offseason in 1988, Wayne Gretzky was h… [[ Read More ]]

Wayne Gretzky was babysitting Robin Thicke the moment he was traded to Kings

What was Wayne Gretzky doing when he got traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles? Babysitting a young Robin Thicke. What else would you expect?

Wayne Gretzky wears a Panama hat while standing near a plane with Alan Thicke

There has been quite a bit of coverage lately about how Wayne Gretzky once baby-sat Robin Thicke while house sitting for Alan Thicke. It's all very Canadian. What ISN'T Canadian, however, is the Great One's hat.  And this has been "Wayne Gretzky wears a Panama hat while standing near a plane with Alan Thicke"

Gretzky Or Crosby

from Paul Grant of ESPN, With all these comparisons flying around, this week we're going to cut through the crud and make a call. Given two players, one active and one retired, in their primes, who would be better? And the best part of it is that you, the user, get the final word.  For our second installment, how about: The two best players of their generation, if...

This ESPN ‘Which player was better in their prime’ contest compares goaltending contemporaries

ESPN's Paul Grant's made some...Interesting..."Who was better in their prime?" choices in pitting Wendel Clark against David Clarkson and then Wayne Gretzky versus Sidney Crosby, but today, he at least offers a pair of players who were contemporaries at one time in Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy: Continue reading "This ESPN ‘Which player was better in their...
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