Thursday, August 10, 2006
could I have missed this one. Aug 9th 1988 the Gretzky trade? The great trade 18 years ago. That was on a Tuesday afternoon. I recall coming back from Joes and Bob told me the news just as I was coming off the loading dock and into the building. I was shocked. Stunned for a couple of days. I was 36 years old at the time and my 37th birthday was just around the corner. But the Gretzky trade was kind of like a symbol for me. A symbol that I really was getting old. Leaving my late youth for early middle age. I hadn’t figured on that at the time but the Gretzky trade was the end of an era. From 1978-1988. Those 10 years were special in my life and probably the most special of times in my life.