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In 1985/86 the Oilers win the first ever Presidents Trophy awarded for the leagues best regular season record at 56-17-7.
In the 1978/79 season The Oilers still part of the WHA have their fortunes changed forever when 17-year old super rookie Wayne Gretzky joins the club after the Indianapolis Racers fold in the middle of the season. The Oilers would go on to finish with a league best 48-30-2 record.
When the WHA folded in 1978/79 the Edmonton Oilers Hartford Whalers Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques to be adopted into the NHL.
August 9 1988 the hockey world was rocked when Wayne Gretzky along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski were traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Jimmy Carson Martin Gelinas three 1st round draft picks 89 91 93 and an estimated $15-20 million. Owner Peter Pocklington cited financial problems as the reason for the trade.
The 1989/90 season capped the Oilers dynasty as they won the Stanley Cup for the 5th time in 7 seasons.
The dismantling of the championship team continues in 91/92 as Jari Kurri Grant Fuhr Glenn Anderson and captain Mark Messier find themselves on new teams. The following season Kevin Lowe and Esa Tikkanen follow suit.
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