On July 16, 1988, the hockey player Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky married the actor Janet Jones in Edmonton. Wayne Gretzky was the Canadian Princess Diana, and this was Canada’s very own royal wedding. Crowds waited outside St. Joseph’s Basilica, sunbathing on lawn chairs and climbing on a phone booth outside Mac’s Convenience Store.
“Hundreds of guests arrived, decorated with glamour,” the national broadcaster reported over footage of Gordie Howe and Alan Thicke entering the church.
“They’re celebrities,” said an onlooker, “And it’s kinda special, something to always remember.”
Less than two months later, Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings and fans were burning effigies of the Oilers’ owner.