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Volume 21 No. 26
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Closing Shot: ‘It changed everything’

The blockbuster trade of Wayne Gretzky 30 years ago did more than put hockey on the map in Los Angeles. It was the spark the NHL needed to take its game to the next level with expansion into Sun Belt cities.
Wayne Gretzky and team owner Bruce McNall show off “The Great One’s” new jersey at the news conference welcoming Gretzky to the Kings. Photo: Getty Images Thirty years ago, on Aug. 9, 1988, a single trade shook the entire NHL.   Wayne Gret...

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