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And Gretzky was there before 1980, as were multiple other players either directly or as an indirect result of actions pre-1980.
If you want to know...Edmonton Oilers

Sather became head coach of the Oilers in 1977 and maintained the post when they joined the NHL in 197980.[1] In 1978, then-Oilers owner Peter Pocklington came to Sather and asked him whether he should take advantage of an opportunity to acquire Wayne Gretzky. Sather replied, "Whatever you have to do, get him." This was considered a risky proposition in 1978, as many scouts and hockey pundits, notably Howie Meeker, considered Gretzky too small, and unlikely to ever make it in the pro ranks. Upon acquiring Gretzky, Sather allowed him to live with his family.

In 1979, the Edmonton Oilers were absorbed into the NHL.

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