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
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Darnell Nurse Joins The Show & Whit's A Huge Barkov Fan

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Darnell Nurse Joins The Show & Whit's A Huge Barkov Fan

2
Dylan Playfair Once Shit His Pants On A Boat And Wasn't The Only One

Dylan Playfair Once Shit His Pants On A Boat And Wasn't The Only One

3
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Robin Lehner Got Screwed Out Of Free Mickey D's For Life

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Robin Lehner Got Screwed Out Of Free Mickey D's For Life

4
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: TNT Star Biz Thinks The Blackhawks Are Back

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: TNT Star Biz Thinks The Blackhawks Are Back

5
Sandbagger Invitational IX: Zach Werenski + Andrew Copp VS Biz + Whit

Sandbagger Invitational IX: Zach Werenski + Andrew Copp VS Biz + Whit

6
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: If You Sucker Brad Wingfield, You're Getting A Stick To The Head

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: If You Sucker Brad Wingfield, You're Getting A Stick To The Head

7
HockeyFest Detroit Parts 1 and 2 + Behind The Scenes With Chiclets

HockeyFest Detroit Parts 1 and 2 + Behind The Scenes With Chiclets

8
Announcing The Spittin' Chiclets College Gaming Tournament

Announcing The Spittin' Chiclets College Gaming Tournament

9
Rear Admiral Retired From Hockey At 4am So I Had To Step In And Play For The Barstool Team

Rear Admiral Retired From Hockey At 4am So I Had To Step In And Play For The Barstool Team

10
Meet The Greatest Hockey Goalie Ever

Meet The Greatest Hockey Goalie Ever

11
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: José Théodore Tells Us About The Time Terry Ryan Tried To Drink 36 Beers In An Hour

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: José Théodore Tells Us About The Time Terry Ryan Tried To Drink 36 Bee...

12
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Devils Legend Ken Daneyko Wasn't Going Back To The Minors

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Devils Legend Ken Daneyko Wasn't Going Back To The Minors

13
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Kevin Weekes Is The Man And He Joined Us For An Awesome Interview

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Kevin Weekes Is The Man And He Joined Us For An Awesome Interview

14
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Bayne Pettinger Joins Chiclets To Discuss Coming Out In The Hockey World

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Bayne Pettinger Joins Chiclets To Discuss Coming Out In The Hockey Wor...

15
Pink Whitney Draft Show - With Special Guest Shane Doan

Pink Whitney Draft Show - With Special Guest Shane Doan

16
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: The Tampa Bay Lightning Go Full Barden Bellas Before Each Game

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: The Tampa Bay Lightning Go Full Barden Bellas Before Each Game

17
José Théodore & Ed Jovanovski VS Paul Bissonnette & Ryan Whitney - Sandbagger Invitational VIII

José Théodore & Ed Jovanovski VS Paul Bissonnette & Ryan Whitney - Sandbagger Invitational...

18
Mike Commodore & Ray Whitney VS Paul Bissonnette & Ryan Whitney - Sandbagger Invitational VII

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

19

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Picking Up A Stranger's Dropped Phone Underneath An Airport Bathroom U...

20
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Colin Blackwell Explains How A Game-Opening Line Brawl Goes Down

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Colin Blackwell Explains How A Game-Opening Line Brawl Goes Down

21
FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Torrey Mitchell's Vampire Story Is The Craziest Ever Told On Spittin' Chiclets

FULL VIDEO EPISODE: Torrey Mitchell's Vampire Story Is The Craziest Ever Told On Spittin' ...

22
Chiclets Takes Manhattan - Behind The Scenes Of Our Trip To Barstool HQ

Chiclets Takes Manhattan - Behind The Scenes Of Our Trip To Barstool HQ

23
Full Video Episode: Dougie Gilmour And Pat Burns Mapped Out The '93 Leafs Season At A Strip Joint

Full Video Episode: Dougie Gilmour And Pat Burns Mapped Out The '93 Leafs Season At A Stri...

24
Jack Eichel Is All Done In Buffalo Per Sabres Beat Writer

Jack Eichel Is All Done In Buffalo Per Sabres Beat Writer

25
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