Wayne Gretzky, the National Hockey League’s eight-time scoring champion, criticized the men who traded him from the Edmonton Oilers to the Kings--Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and General Manager Glen Sather.
“I know the Oiler organization and how it operates, and intimidation is a big part of it,” Gretzky said in an interview with the Edmonton Journal and later on the CBS program “One On One.”
Gretzky disputed the idea that it was Pocklington alone who made the trade with the Kings.
“Slats (Sather) has made every trade there’s been for 10 years,” he said. “You think he didn’t have a hand in this one? It’s funny. People have made such a big deal about one argument I had with Robbie (Kings Coach Robbie Ftorek) in Detroit--nobody questioned my relationship with Slats for 10 years.”