Hobby Outposts from The North: Hockey’s biggest trade turns 25 – If you think the title of this entry refers to when Wayne Gretzky was sent packing to the Los Angeles Kings, you’re sadly mistaken.
Yes, the trade of The Great One was monumental. Yes, it affected the NHL’s growth in the southern US, particularly in California. But was it the most impactful trade in NHL history? No. That swap took place around this time, 25 years ago, when Patrick Roy was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche.