It was 23 years ago today that Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. Wayne Gretzky was sent to the Kings along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski in exchange for Martin Gelinas, Jimmy Carson and the Kings’ three first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993. The Kings also sent $15 million cash to Edmonton.
Of course, the sports world was different 23 years ago. It was inconceivable for a player of Gretzky’s stature to be traded, especially from the powerhouse Oilers to the state of California. The media world was different as well. For starters, there was no social media and breaking news broke a lot slower. Things are very, very different these days.
@DownGoesBrown of (obviously) Down Goes Brown wondered aloud what Twitter would be like if it was around during the Gretzky trade.
On Twitter, trades, rumours and speculation fly around like crazy. Spending time on the social network during the trade deadline or July 1st is enough to make your head spin. Not only are you bombarded with fake news, but when a trade actually does go through, you get to read immediate reaction.
If Twitter was around when Gretzky was traded, the response would have been crazy. How crazy? Once again, we look to @DownGoesBrown who made the Tweet that started a hashtag:Soon #GretzkyTradedOnTwitter exploded. It’s filled with comments that likely would have been made if Twitter was around during the Gretzky trade. It’s still going on right now, but these are some of our favourites so far:
Of course, the Gretzky trade itself started another trend: players crying after being traded from Edmonton.
If anyone needs us, we’ll be reading #GretzkyTradedOnTwitter for the rest of the day.