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This is Wayne Gretzky, or rather, the back of a metal representation of Edmonton's uncontested most famous and popular onetime citizen.

When Gretz was traded away to L.A. in 1988, our city suffered a nervous breakdown of sorts, but ultimately grew to dilute and spread our reasons for civic pride.

As part of my writer-in-residence duties, I used this image to illustrate an article about the familiar tactics the Oilers' current owners are using to divert public money into a needless new arena.

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