December 2: This Day in NHL History

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December 2 NHL History 1909: The National Hockey Association, the predecessor of the NHL, is formed in Montreal. Charter members include the Montreal Wanderers, Renfrew Creamery Kings and the Montreal Canadiens. 1925: The New York Americans play their first NHL game, a 2-1 overtime road win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Billy Burch scores the first goal in […]

November 26: This Day in NHL History

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November 26 NHL History 1917: The NHL is founded and elects Frank Calder as its first president. The League’s charter members are the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Arenas and Quebec Bulldogs.  The new league emerges from the ashes of the National Hockey Association, which suspends operations a few weeks earlier. After three days […]

August 5: This Day in NHL History

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August 5 NHL History 1937: Herb Brooks, the coach of the “Miracle on Ice” United States team that won gold at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, is born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Brooks plays college hockey at the University of Minnesota, returns as coach in 1972 and helped the Golden Gophers to three NCAA championships. That […]

August 3: This Day in NHL History

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August 3 NHL History 1896: Gerry Geran, the first U.S.-born player to skate in an NHL game, is born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Geran, a center playing amateur hockey in Boston, signs with the Montreal Wanderers and has no points in four games in 1917-18, the NHL’s first season. He resumes his amateur career, helps the United […]