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Who Owned The LA Kings When Gretzky Was Traded?

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Former racehorse owner and sports executive, Bruce McNall, then 36, owned the L.A Kings, when Gretzky was traded.

McNall acquired the remaining shares in the team by the summer of 1988.

Gretzky and actress Janet Jones were newly weds at the time and were having part of their honeymoon in the Hollywood home of actor Alan Thicke.

Realizing that Gretzky was living in Los Angeles and certain he wouldn’t re-sign with the Oilers when his agreement terminated, Pocklington accepted McNall’s proposal of $15 million.

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The deal was made public on August 9, 1988.

Gretzky, McSorley and center Mike Krushelnyski went to the Kings in exchange for center Jimmy Carson, wing Martin Gelinas, first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and $15 million.

Following what seemed like a heartbreaking press conference, Gretzky boarded a private flight back to Los Angeles.

Later that day, he met the L.A. media at a hotel, a short distance away fromthe airport.It became clear that hockey would never be the same again.

 

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