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Time to Thaw? : Gretzky Returns to Edmonton as a King and Hopes to Be Treated Like One

October 19, 1988|TRACY DODDS | Times Staff Writer

Although the newspapers in Calgary reported that King defenseman Marty McSorley had "gouged" Tim Hunter's eye Monday night in the game at Calgary, and quoted Calgary Coach Terry Crisp as saying that he was surprised to see that McSorley had not been ejected from the game, McSorley said that there was nothing unusual about the quick wrestle to the ice in which Hunter was injured. "It was just the kind of thing that happens in the course of a hockey game," McSorley said. "Those guys over there have been talking about me like that for years. In Calgary, they think I have long fangs, pointed ears and I don't sleep at night." For that fight, in which Hunter fell to the ice and covered up, McSorley received 4 penalty minutes for roughing. That was at 5:50 of the period. His 10-minute misconduct penalty occurred much later.

Tonight's game against Edmonton will not be Wayne Gretzky's first against Edmonton. He scored 2 goals against the Oilers 10 years ago, in October, 1978, when he was with Indianapolis of the old World Hockey Assn. Edmonton won, 4-3.

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