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Encyclopedia > Peter Pocklington

Peter Pocklington (b. November 18, 1943 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian business owner who has dabbled in politics. While he made his fortune in the meat packing industry, he is best known as the owner of the Edmonton Oilers and, as such, brought Wayne Gretzky to the team. They won five Stanley Cups from 1984-1990. Pocklington is however best remembered as the man who sold hockey icon and Canadian hero Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Nickname: The Forest City Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario County Middlesex County Settled 1826 (as village) Incorporated 1855 (as city) City Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best Governing Body London City Council MPs Sue Barnes (LPC) Glen Pearson (LPC) Irene Mathyssen (NDP) Joe Preston (CPC) MPPs Chris Bentley (OLP) Deb Matthews... Politics is the process by which groups make decisions. ... The meat packing industry is an industry that handles the slaughtering, processing and distribution of animals such as cattle, pigs, sheep and other livestock. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born January 26, 1961) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... This is the current WikiProject: Ice Hockey Article Improvement Drive collaboration! The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...

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Business controversy

As a business owner, Pocklington gained a checkered reputation by moving to bust unions and reduce the wages of his employees. The most infamous incident took place during a 1986 strike at Gainers Foods in Edmonton where striking workers attacked police who were attempting to protect buses carrying replacement workers to the now-closed Edmonton plant. Pocklington's use of replacement workers marked the beginning of his remarkable unpopularity in Alberta, especially with organized labour. Although the strike was eventually settled, Gainers never recovered and was eventually placed in receivership. A union (labor union in American English; trade union, sometimes trades union, in British English; either labour union or trade union in Canadian English) is a legal entity consisting of employees or workers having a common interest, such as all the assembly workers for one employer, or all the workers... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: Fortis et liber (Latin: Strong and free) Official languages English (see below) Flower   Wild rose Tree Lodgepole Pine Bird Great Horned Owl Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong Premier Ed Stelmach (PC) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 28 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water  (% of total... The labor movement (or labour movement) is a broad term for the development of a collective organization of working people, to campaign in their own interest for better treatment from their employers and political governments. ... Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their creditors. ...


As owner of the Oilers, Pocklington was criticized for paying himself $2 million CAD in annual management fees, especially after they missed the playoffs in 1992-93. The Gainers meat-packing industry owned by Pocklington failed amidst charges of scandal and corruption, and he lost control of the team.


Basil Pocklington

After the Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup in 1983-84, Peter Pocklington included his father, Basil Pocklington, on the list of people and players who were to have their names engraved on the trophy. The NHL did not check the validity of the names on the list, and the Cup was engraved as usual. After the mistake was discovered, NHL executives, via the Hockey Hall of Fame, had the engraver strike out the name of the senior Pocklington by engraving a series of Xs over his name. Of the 12 engraving errors that appear on the Stanley Cup, 11 of them are spelling errors. Pocklington's is the only name that was covered. After this error, the NHL and Hockey Hall of Fame adopted policies to confirm the roster and the relation of the people on the engraving list to the championship team. The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... This is the current WikiProject: Ice Hockey Article Improvement Drive collaboration! The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The 1983-84 NHL season was the 67th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Hockey Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Front & Yonge in downtown Toronto The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and... This is the current WikiProject: Ice Hockey Article Improvement Drive collaboration! The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The Hockey Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Front & Yonge in downtown Toronto The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and...


"The Trade"

On August 9, 1988, Pocklington shocked hockey fans by trading Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million cash, and the Kings' first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993. "The Trade" so upset Edmontonians, that one lawmaker demanded the government block it, a mob burned Pocklington in effigy, and Gretzky's bride, actress Janet Jones, was branded hockey's Yoko Ono. August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... James Charles Carson (b. ... Martin Gélinas (born June 5, 1970 in Shawninigan, Quebec, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player. ... A (sports) draft is a process by which professional sports teams select players not contracted to any team, often from colleges or amateur ranks. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Janet Jones aerobics video from 1987 Janet-Marie Jones (born January 10, 1961 in Bridgeton, Missouri) is an American actress, dancer, and aerobics instructor, but is best known for marrying ice hockey icon Wayne Gretzky. ... Yoko Ono Lennon (born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese musician and artist best known as the widow of John Lennon of The Beatles. ...


There is debate as to whether Gretzky "jumped" or was "pushed." A book by former Kings owner Bruce McNall quotes Pocklington as saying Gretzky had become impossible to deal since he began dating Janet, who let it be known that she was not going to live in Edmonton after they got married. Pocklington claims he's had only nice things to say about the couple, yet admitted The Trade was a business decision he wouldn't hesitate to make again. Still, "Peter Puck" is widely despised throughout Edmonton to this day. Bruce Patrick McNall (b. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ...


There may be some hard feelings in Edmonton. However, Peter Pocklington did encourage and help young people, something that is strangely almost always overlooked.


Other sports

He is also well known for his involvement in other sports. He was long time owner of the Pacific Coast League's Edmonton Trappers. He also owned soccer teams such as the Edmonton Drillers in the North American Soccer League, Edmonton Brickmen of the Canadian Soccer League, and a later reincarnation of the Drillers in the National Professional Soccer League. In a sense which might be a credit to him, none of these teams remained in Edmonton long-term after his departure from ownership. The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... The Edmonton Trappers were a minor league baseball (Triple A) team in the Pacific Coast League, ending with the 2004 season. ... The Edmonton Drillers were two incarnations of a professional soccer team based out in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... North American Soccer League or (NASL) was a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada that operated from 1968 to 1984. ... Edmonton, Alberta-based soccer club that competed in the now-defunct Canadian Soccer League. ... The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) is Canadas top professional soccer league, featuring teams based predominantly in Southern Ontario. ... The National Professional Soccer League was a professional indoor soccer league in the USA. It started out as the American Indoor Soccer Association in 1984 but changed its name to the National Professional Soccer League in 1990. ...


Politics

Pocklington ran as a candidate at the 1983 Progressive Conservative leadership convention finishing sixth. His main policy proposal was the replacement of progressive income tax with a flat tax. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The first Progressive Conservative Party of Canada leadership convention was held in 1927, when the party was called the Conservative Party. ... A progressive tax, or graduated tax, is a tax that is larger as a percentage of income for those with larger incomes. ... A flat tax, also called a proportional tax, is a system that taxes all entities in a class (typically either citizens or corporations) at the same rate (as a proportion on income), as opposed to a graduated, or progressive, scheme. ...


External links

  • Official Site

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Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington is remembered most for acquiring and eventually trading Wayne Gretzky, who is widely considered the best hockey player in history.
While Pocklington oversaw the Oilers’ successful transition from the World Hockey Association (WHA) to the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1979-80, his lasting legacy as owner of the Oilers is dealing Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings on August 9, 1988.
Shortly after the "sale of the century," Pocklington said on the record that he didn’t think Gretzky’s tears at the press conference were real.
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Pocklington has also been a controversial business owner moving to bust unions and reduce the wages of his employees in the meat packing industry.
Pocklington's use of replacement workers marked the beginning of his remarkable unpopularity in Alberta, especially with organized labour.
Pocklington ran as a candidate at the 1983 Progressive Conservative leadership convention finishing sixth.
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