Bryan Trottier Tells Islanders Side Of Wayne Gretzky's Legendary Stanley Cup Story

There's a pretty well-known legend about the 1983 Stanley Cup Final. The New York Islanders swept the up-and-coming Edmonton Oilers for their fourth straight title and Wayne Gretzky told this story about leaving the Coliseum after the final game...

"We walked by their locker room in the corridor and saw after they won they were too beat up to really enjoy it and savor the victory at that moment," said Gretzky. "We were able to walk out of their pretty much scot free. We had so much respect for the Islanders players and the Islanders teams that we learned immediately you have to take it to another level in order to win a Stanley Cup. And that’s what we did. We learned from it and often credit for the Islanders players and Islanders teams for teaching us exactly what it’s all about and how hard it is to win."

The loss in 1983 was a humbling experience for the up-start Oilers, who were young and confident. However, Gretzky credits that loss with teaching the Oilers what it takes to win. And in fact, the Oilers would ultimately win four of the next five Stanley Cups and five of the next seven.

But it turns out there was a little more to the story.

The Islanders had so much respect for their opponents, they didn't want to appear disrespectful as the Oilers departed the rink for the final time that season. It was awesome to hear Trottier's perspective on such a legendary story in NHL history, when one team was in the process of passing the dynasty baton along to another.

The Hockey Hall of Famer told a bunch of stories about his legendary career in which he won six Stanley Cups as a player during two epic eras with two different franchises. 

Our pal Matt Murley also came by for his third go 'round with the Chiclets boys. We talked a bunch of gambling stuff and he reminisced a bit with Biz and Whit about their time together years ago.

This is another fun ep and you can catch the entire video version of it here.

Spittin' Chiclets

25 videos

1
Patrick Roy Went Apeshit At The End Of His First Game As An NHL Coach

Patrick Roy Went Apeshit At The End Of His First Game As An NHL Coach

Play Video
Bryan Trottier Tells Islanders Side Of Wayne Gretzky's Legendary Stanley Cup StoryNow Playing

Bryan Trottier Tells Islanders Side Of Wayne Gretzky's Legendary Stanley Cup Story

3

Experts: Brad Marchand Will Be In The Hockey Hall Of Fame

4
We Played Each Other In Mini Golf And It Was A Giant Mess - Pink Whitney Mini Golf Challenge

We Played Each Other In Mini Golf And It Was A Giant Mess - Pink Whitney Mini Golf Challen...

5
The Rangers Once Forgot To Tell Dale Weise That He Was Getting Cut

The Rangers Once Forgot To Tell Dale Weise That He Was Getting Cut

6
A Behind The Scenes Look At The Pink Whitney Cup From Biz's Point Of View

A Behind The Scenes Look At The Pink Whitney Cup From Biz's Point Of View

7
Tempers Flare as the Pink Whitney Cup Comes to a Dramatic Finish

Tempers Flare as the Pink Whitney Cup Comes to a Dramatic Finish

8
Bob Probert Shit On The Hood Of Shayne Corson's New Camaro Because He Was Being A Cocky Rookie

Bob Probert Shit On The Hood Of Shayne Corson's New Camaro Because He Was Being A Cocky Ro...

9
Coming From Someone Who Couldn't Hit the Broad Side of a Barn — The Pink Whitney Cup Skills Competition Was Fun

Coming From Someone Who Couldn't Hit the Broad Side of a Barn — The Pink Whitney Cup Skill...

10
Coach Troopz Warns Duggs His Team Will Get Put in 'Coffins and Urns' in Game 2 of the Pink Whitney Cup

Coach Troopz Warns Duggs His Team Will Get Put in 'Coffins and Urns' in Game 2 of the Pink...

11
Let the Games Begin: Team PFT Takes On Team Nardini in the Pink Whitney Cup's First Showdown

Let the Games Begin: Team PFT Takes On Team Nardini in the Pink Whitney Cup's First Showdo...

12
Welcome to the First-Ever Pink Whitney Cup Draft

Welcome to the First-Ever Pink Whitney Cup Draft

13
Jimmy Howard Gave His Kids The Tennis Ball Test To See If They Really Wanted To Play Goalie

Jimmy Howard Gave His Kids The Tennis Ball Test To See If They Really Wanted To Play Goali...

14
Mike Commodore & Ray Whitney VS Paul Bissonnette & Ryan Whitney - Sandbagger Invitational VII

Mike Commodore & Ray Whitney VS Paul Bissonnette & Ryan Whitney - Sandbagger Invitational ...

15
We Went To Jupiter, Florida To Play Golf & Watch Hockey With A Former MVP + #1 Overall Pick

We Went To Jupiter, Florida To Play Golf & Watch Hockey With A Former MVP + #1 Overall Pic...

16
"Top 5 Interview In Chiclets History" Highlights This Week's Full Video Episode Of Spittin' Chiclets

"Top 5 Interview In Chiclets History" Highlights This Week's Full Video Episode Of Spittin...

17

Here's The Full Video Of Spittin' Chiclets Ep. 323 With Mark Stone & Jeff Marek

18
Shane Doan + Tyson Nash VS. Ryan Whitney + Paul Bissonnette - Sandbagger Invitational VI

Shane Doan + Tyson Nash VS. Ryan Whitney + Paul Bissonnette - Sandbagger Invitational VI

19

Here's The Full Video Of Spittin' Chiclets Ep. 321 With Brenden Dillon And Mark Madden

20

Here's The Full Video Of Spittin' Chiclets Ep. 320 With Chris Thorburn And The King Of Che...

21
Chiclets Cribs: Paul Bissonnette's Scottsdale Oasis

Chiclets Cribs: Paul Bissonnette's Scottsdale Oasis

22
BREAKING BIZ - Paul Bissonnette Spends A Day In The Card Trading World

BREAKING BIZ - Paul Bissonnette Spends A Day In The Card Trading World

23
Story Time With Spittin' Chiclets: Russian Gas ft. Tim Stapleton

Story Time With Spittin' Chiclets: Russian Gas ft. Tim Stapleton

24
We Went To Go See Biz In Arizona And Found Mike Commodore, Ray Whitney and Shane Doan Along The Way

We Went To Go See Biz In Arizona And Found Mike Commodore, Ray Whitney and Shane Doan Alon...

25

Jack Eichel Ran Out Of Gas On The Way To A Game And Had To Hit Up A Fan For Help