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Gretzky, Wayne
Los Angeles Kings

The hockey world was rocked when WAYNE GRETZKY was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the L.A. Kings on August 9, 1988. It made every NHLer realize that no player could be exempt from a trade. But WAYNE absorbed the shock and went on to prove that he was a superstar no matter which jersey he was wearing. Now in the black and silver of the Kings, GRETZKY performed with brilliance. He led the NHL with 114 assists, but had 54 goals as well for a point total of 168 -- second only to Mario Lemieux. But it was bigger than sheer statistics. GRETZKY breathed life into the Los Angeles hockey scene. With WAYNE leading the charge, attending a Kings game was de rigueur for Hollywood stars like Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, John Candy and James Woods. GRETZKY won the HART TROPHY for his last time in 1988-89, but it was an unprecedented ninth victory for GRETZKY. Mario Lemieux was runner-up for the HART. WAYNE also was recognized with a Second Team All-Star selection.

Gretzky, Wayne