Statement - In the grand scheme of things, trading Gretzky was a good thing True or false in your opinion? I say it's true. It helped spread hockey and develop it in the USA. Now we've got three franchises in California alone, one of them with a Cup win. I can't see the NHL being as big as it is today if Gretzky had stayed in Edmonton. Ask the average American about ANY hockey player from any era ever, you'll get a blank stare. Ask about Gretzky, chances are they know him. He made the game popular.