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September 26, 2013

This Day In Hockey History - Sept 26th

1925 - NY Americans purchased the roster of the suspended-Hamilton Tigers for $75,000 when the Hamilton franchise was dropped from the NHL. At the same time, the new Pittsburgh team bought out the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets of the U.S. Amateur league.

1926 - During the NHL annual governors meeting, it was decided that blue lines would be measured 60' from each goal line, rather than 20' from the center of the rink. This decision widened the neutral zone and decreased the number of offside calls.

1931 - Toronto obtained Frank Finnigan and Syd Howe in the NHL Dispersal Draft, following the league's suspension of Ottawa and Philadelphia.

1931 - The NHL Board of Governors increased the league's regular season schedule from 44 to 48 games.

1972 - Phil Esposito scored twice, and Paul Henderson scored the game winner at 17:54 of the final period, to give Team Canada a 4-3 win over the Soviet Team in Game 7 of the historic 1972 series.

1985 - New York Rangers signed free agent Mike Ridley out of the University of Manitoba.

Happy Birthday to Clint Benedict, Frank Brimsek, Craig Janney, Norm Dussault, Garry Howatt, Vic Heyliger, Fido Purpur, Jonas Bergkvist, Paul Laus, Brooks Orpik Chris Kunitz, and Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

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