Today is the 31st anniversary (not 32nd).
I remember it well... as did Alan Hahn, in the book he wrote in honor of the 25th anniversary: "Birth of a Dynasty" -- still available on Amazon:
Ironically, Joel Sherman of the Post used the same title on his book about the Yankees in the Torre era. Funny, I don't remember 4 straight World Series :) (Thank you again, Luis Gonzalez).
A couple of my favorite tidbits from the book involve who else Bill Torrey was discussing when he acquired Butch Goring, the final piece of the puzzle.
- Toronto was willing to give up future Hockey Hall-of-Famer Darryl Sittler. Sittler finished with 484 goals; probably would have been a 500-goal man if the trade had gone through. The Leafs wanted Clark Gillies in return.
- Edmonton was willing to give up Stan Weir. Weir finished with 33 goals that season, but never scored more than 12 goals after that. Torrey had a different center in mind -- he wanted "a cement truck of a 19 year old rookie named Mark Messier".