A natural photo of Wayne Gretzky & Robin Thicke
A fun tidbit surrounding the greatest hockey player ever and the artist with the current #1 album in the country came out yesterday. With the 25th anniversary of Wayne Gretzky's shocking trade from Edmonton to Los Angeles looming Friday (August 9th), close friend to Gretzky, and Robin's father, Alan Thicke recalled:
I was reminded of it a few days ago on the occasion of the anniversary of his trade from Edmonton to Los Angeles (on Aug. 9, 1988). He was house-sitting at my house in L.A. the night he got traded. I was in Norway with my other son (Brennan), and Wayne and Janet were house-sitting for my son Robin (11 years old at the time). I called from Norway because I picked up the Oslo morning paper and saw pictures of Gretzky — but I couldn’t understand the text, of course. And I thought maybe there had been a fire, a mudslide, a drive-by shooting, who knows? So I called home, and I learned Wayne left early in the morning; he got traded last night. He got the call at about 9 p.m., and he was gone by 6 the next morning. So we had to find a substitute nanny instantly, which is not as bad as what Edmonton had to find to replace him.
- Alan Thicke (via Puck Daddy)
So when Gretzky heard the news he was traded to L.A., he was with a young Robin Thicke?! Ha, that's fun to think about, but I can't help but think we were robbed of this story for so long. 1. Why hasn't Robin Thicke sang about this experience yet? 2. How come this tidbit didn't make the otherwise wonderful 30 For 30: "King's Ransom"? I'm (half) kidding about number 1 but totally serious on number 2. Regardless... cool story, bro.
To elaborate on news I mentioned in the opening: Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines is set to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts with HDD projecting 174K sold for the singer with the cool babysitter. Ha! Sorry, not going to be able to get this scenario out of my head. Maybe if my folks got Michael Jordan to babysit me, I would be the next John Legend right now?! I blame them that I'm blogging right now...
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