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Renowned sportswriter Stephen Brunt reveals how "the Great One,"
who was bought and sold more than once, decided that the
comfortable Canadian city where hockey ruled couldn't compete with
the slushy ice of a California franchise.
Bobby Orr's career ended prematurely, with tears. Wayne Gretzky's
tears, unlike Orr's, announced not an ending but another beginning.
Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers had four Stanley Cup victories, but
Gretzky may then have had other goals in mind.
Beginning with his dad, Walter, and continuing with Nelson
Skalbania, Peter Pocklington, Bruce McNall, Jerry Buss - and with
the CBC's Peter Gzowski as chronicler for the eager masses - the
enormity of Gretzky's talent attracted all sorts of people who were
after a variety of vicarious thrills.