On October 6th, 1988… 25 years ago today… Wayne Gretzky made his debut for the Los Angeles Kings in an 8-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. And ice hockey in Los Angeles… and around the entire United States of America… was never the same.

No, really… 5 years later it was literally never the same:

nhl_gretzky_09Photos of Wayne Gretzky wearing neither the “A” nor the “C”
for the Los Angeles Kings are some of my favorite.

Spend your afternoon reading and watching Spike Coffman’s exhaustive recap of October 6th, 1988. It truly is a time capsule to the late 1980’s.

Oh man, the 1980s! I mean, Michael J. Fox was still on television!
*this joke works because his new sitcom will be cancelled soon.*

You can also check out our flurry of Wayne Gretzky 25th Anniversary Coverage here and here.


And just because this would never have happened unless Wayne Gretzky was traded to Los Angeles:

The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.