“One of the things that people didn’t understand; they always thought there was this hatred of the Oilers and the Islanders,” explains Wayne Gretzky in the video below, from the documentary Ultimate Gretzky. “That really wasn’t the case. As a team and as players, we idolized the Islanders.”
As you well know, the Islanders swept the Oilers in four games in 1983. The next year the Oilers would turn the tables and win the series in five games, ending one dynasty and starting one of their own.