December 26: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 26 NHL History 1923: Howie Morenz scores his first NHL goal in the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Morenz finishes his first season with 13 goals in 24 games and scores 271 in 550 games. He is among the earliest inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. 1976: Johnny Bucyk scores his 545th NHL goal, moving him […]

December 7: This Day in NHL History

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December 7 NHL History 1919: The Toronto Arenas change their team name to the Toronto St. Patricks. The name remains until 1926-27, when they become known as the Toronto Maple Leafs. 1961: Jean Beliveau takes the ice as captain of the Montreal Canadiens for the first time. To his own surprise, Beliveau is voted captain by his teammates […]

November 2: This Day in NHL History

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November 2 NHL History 1937: The second benefit All-Star Game in NHL history is held at the Montreal Forum, with the proceeds going to the family of longtime star Howie Morenz. A crowd of 8,683 watches the NHL All-Stars win 6-5 against a combined team of Canadiens and Montreal Maroons. 1968: The “new” Forum in Montreal is reopened […]

September 20: This Day in NHL History

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September 20 NHL History 1951: Guy Lafleur, arguably the biggest star during the Montreal Canadiens‘ dynasty years of the late 1970s, is born in Thurso, Quebec. After scoring 103 and 130 goals in his final two seasons with Quebec of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Lafleur is taken by the Canadiens with the No. 1 […]

August 8: This Day in NHL History

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August 8 NHL History Two members of the Hockey Hall of Fame share this birthday. 1927: Defenseman Bill Gadsby is born in Calgary, Alberta. Gadsby comes to the NHL as a 19-year-old with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1946 after being signed as a free agent, is traded to the New York Rangers on Nov. 23, 1954, […]

July 20: This Day in NHL History

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July 20 NHL History 1953: Goaltender Johnny Bower, a star with the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League, is acquired in a trade by the New York Rangers, who send Emile Francis, Neil Strain and cash to Cleveland. Bower makes his NHL debut a few weeks before his 29th birthday; he goes 29-31-10 in 1953-54 and […]