On August 9, 1988, the NHL was forever changed with this single stroke of a pen. The Edmonton Oilers fresh off their fourth Stanley Cup victory in five years, signed a deal and exported Wayne Gretzky, a Canadian national treasure and the greatest hockey player to ever grace the ice, to the Los Angeles Kings in a multi-player, multi-million dollar contract. As bewildered Oiler fans struggled to make sense of the unthinkable, fans in Los Angeles were rushing to purchase season tickets at a rate so fast it overwhelmed the Kings box office. Overnight, a franchise largely overlooked in its 21-year existence was suddenly playing in front of sellout crowds, and a league often relegated to little brother status exploded from 21 teams to 30 in less than a decade. Acclaimed director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom) presents the captivating story of the trade that knocked the wind out of an entire country, and placed a star-studded city right at the humble feet of a 27-year old kid, known simply as "The Great One!"
- Running time: 51 minutes
- Official ESPN Films production
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