30 for 30 (2009– )
3 user 7 critic
Peter Berg's documentary on Wayne Gretzky, his decision to leave Edmonton for Los Angeles, and that decision's effects on hockey and its fans.


Peter Berg




Episode credited cast:
Peter Berg ... Himself
Walter Gretzky Walter Gretzky ... Himself
Wayne Gretzky ... Himself
Jim Hill Jim Hill ... Himself (archive sound)
Janet Jones ... Herself (as Janet Jones Gretzky)
Jim Matheson Jim Matheson ... Himself
Bruce McNall Bruce McNall ... Himself
Marty McSorley Marty McSorley ... Himself
Bob Miller Bob Miller ... Himself
Gord Miller Gord Miller ... Himself (archive footage)
Rod Phillips Rod Phillips ... Himself
Peter Pocklington Peter Pocklington ... Himself
Luc Robitaille ... Himself
Glen Sather ... Himself


On August 9, 1988, the NHL was forever changed with the single stroke of a pen. The Edmonton Oilers, fresh off their fourth Stanley Cup victory in five years, signed a deal that sent Wayne Gretzky, a Canadian national treasure and the greatest hockey player ever to play the game, to the Los Angeles Kings in a multi-player, multi-million dollar deal. As bewildered Oiler fans struggled to make sense of the unthinkable, fans in Los Angeles were rushing to purchase season tickets at a rate so fast it overwhelmed the Kings box office. Overnight, a franchise largely overlooked in its 21-year existence was suddenly playing to sellout crowds and standing ovations, and a league often relegated to "little brother" status exploded from 21 teams to 30 in less than a decade. Acclaimed director Peter Berg presents the captivating story of the trade that knocked the wind out of an entire country, and placed a star-studded city right at the humble feet of a 27-year-old kid, known simply as "The Great... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

6 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for $15 million. See more »


[LAST TITLE CARDS]: It was the ninth and final time he would win the award.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nice Start to the Series
4 November 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

30 at 30: King's Ransom (2009)

*** (out of 4)

The first film in ESPN's series has director Peter Berg taking a look at the 1988 trade that sent Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. This trade is considered to be the biggest in sports history as the Edmonton owner got around $15 million in cash and sent the entire face of hockey packing bags, which causes him countless death threats from the people in Edmonton. The documentary takes a look at both sides of the trade and shows what impact it had on the cities moving forward. Gretzky is in the film and gives his thoughts and feelings on the trade years after it all went down and it's interesting to hear him say he wouldn't change a thing considering he wouldn't win another Stanley Cut but the team he left would win another two years after the trade. No one will ever question the greatness of Gretzky but I do wonder if he's telling the truth here when he said he wouldn't do anything over. The two owners are also interviewed and you can't help but understand why the trade was done even though fans are still going to cry foul. Berg does a very nice job at getting all the details out there and this includes new interviews as well as the original news conference as well as other footage from various stations covering the event.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed