Wayne Gretzky’s trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings on Aug. 9, 1988 will be the subject of special programming on NHL Network Thursday.
The block begins with “Ultimate Gretzky” from 8-10 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. ET. At 10 a.m., NHL Network will show Game 7 of the 1993 Campbell Conference Final, when Gretzky had four points (three goals, assist) to help the Kings defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in a game he has called the best he’s ever played.
“A Day That Changed the Game: August 9, 1988 — Wayne Gretzky Goes to Los Angeles” (noon-1 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.) covers Gretzky’s move from the Oilers to the Kings and how it impacted the hockey world with interviews from people who witnessed the trade firsthand.
The NHL Network original “Picture Perfect — 1992-93 season” airs at 1 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., you can see Gretzky score his 802nd goal to break Gordie Howe’s NHL record during the Kings’ game against the Vancouver Canucks from March 23, 1994.
A special on the 30th anniversary of the trade will air at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 12 a.m.
NHL Network will round out the programming with ESPN’s 30 for 30: Kings Ransom, featuring behind-the-scenes moments of the trade (8 p.m. and 11 p.m.).