November 29: This Day in NHL History

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November 29 NHL History 1924: The Montreal Forum, one of hockey’s iconic arenas, has its official opening. The Montreal Canadiens celebrate by defeating the Toronto St. Patricks 7-1, before a crowd of 9,000 fans. Billy Boucher scores three goals for the Canadiens, the first coming 55 seconds into the game. For the next two seasons, the only […]

October 20: This Day in NHL History

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October 20 NHL History 1965: In the 19th and final preseason NHL All-Star Game, Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings scores two goals and assists on another to lift the All-Stars to a 5-2 victory against the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens at the Forum. Beginning in 1966-67, the game is shifted to midseason and the format […]

October 1: This Day in NHL History

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October 1 NHL History 1960: New York Rangers forward Andy Hebenton scores the first shorthanded, game-winning goal in the history of the NHL All-Star Game. The goal gives the All-Stars a 2-1 victory against the Stanley Cup-champion Montreal Canadiens. 1991: The Pittsburgh Penguins name Scotty Bowman coach. Bowman steps in for Bob Johnson, who is ill and dies on […]

September 23: This Day in NHL History

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September 23 NHL History 1991: Forward Mike Bossy and defenseman Denis Potvin, two cornerstones of the New York Islanders’ dynasty of the early 1980s, are among five men inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They are joined by forward Clint Smith, a star in the pre-World War II era; longtime Toronto Maple Leafs center Bob Pulford; and Scotty […]

September 18: This Day in NHL History

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September 18 NHL History 1933: Scotty Bowman, the most successful coach in NHL history, is born in Montreal. After an injury ends his hopes of becoming an NHL player, Bowman turns to coaching and gets his first NHL job at age 34 in 1967 as an assistant with the expansion St. Louis Blues. He replaces Lynn […]

September 4: This Day in NHL History

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September 4 NHL History 1946: Clarence Campbell becomes president of the NHL. He replaces Red Dutton, who holds the office for three years after Frank Calder dies. Campbell spends the next 31 years as president, helping a league that has six teams when he takes over grow to 18 when he retires on June 22, 1977, […]

July 18: This Day in NHL History

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July 18 NHL History 1943: Longtime NHL defenseman Don Awrey is born in Kitchener, Ontario. Awrey joins the Boston Bruins in time to play 16 games as a 20-year-old in 1963-64. He is a key part of Boston’s Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1970 and 1972. Boston trades him to the St. Louis Blues prior to the […]

June 16: This Day in NHL History

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June 16 NHL History 1993: Kevin Constantine is hired as the second coach of the San Jose Sharks. Constantine, who’s 34 when he’s hired, takes over after San Jose goes 11-71-2 in its second NHL season. The Sharks improve by an NHL-record 58 points (33-35-16) in Constantine’s first season, qualify for the playoffs for the first […]

April 27: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: April 27 1971: Jean Beliveau sets the playoff record for career assists during the Montreal Canadiens’ 6-1 victory against the Minnesota North Stars at the Forum in Game 5 of the Semifinals. Beliveau’s assists on three of Montreal’s five third-period goals give him 92, one more than the previous record […]

March 25: This Date in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 25 1924: The Montreal Canadiens defeat Calgary 3-0 in Game 2 of the Final (played in Ottawa), to become the 1924 Stanley Cup Champions. Georges Vezina gets the shutout to help the Canadiens win the Cup for the first time since the formation of the NHL in 1917-18. 1943: […]

March 16: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 16   1923: Brothers face each other for the first time in Stanley Cup Playoff history. Cy and Corb Denneny, and George and Frank Boucher line up on opposite sides of the ice with the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Maroons. None of the four score in Ottawa’s 1-0 win. […]