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Tom Cochrane and the Gretzky Trade


Shuffling my tunes, I just heard "Big League" by Tom Cochrane.  I loved that song.  Hearing it now, it made me think of Wayne Gretzky.

I was heavy into Tom Cochrane's Victory Day back in 1988.  When the heart breaking news of the Gretzky Trade came down the wire that summer, the song "Big League" somehow became my theme song of sorts for the Oilers ~ Kings deal.  From August 9, 1988 to the present day, "Big League" brought me back to that moment.

As if you need a refresher, the trade saw Oilers owner Peter Pocklington send Gretzky, Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski to the Kings for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three first-round draft picks and $15 million.  As a 14-year old hockey and Gretzky freak, I saw it as something more significant.  I saw it as the selling of The Great One, not to another team, but to another nation.

It's still a great song.  Here's "Big League" from 1988.

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