Los Angeles Kings' Trade for Wayne Gretzky Led to Hockey Boom in California

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Los Angeles Kings' Trade for Wayne Gretzky Led to Hockey Boom in California
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It was the biggest blockbuster trade in sports history. The best player ever to compete in his sport dealt while still in his prime to a region with a brief and unremarkable history with the game. The trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers on Aug. 9, 1988 made headlines and jump-started the Los Angeles Kings franchise. But its true legacy is still being felt 25 years later.

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