1946 - Detroit's Gordie Howe picked up his first NHL assist (on a goal by Adam Brown) and his first fighting penalty as the Red Wings lost 6-3 at Toronto.
1960 - Fresh off an Olympic gold medal performance for Team USA, goaltender Jack McCartan made his NHL debut for the NY Rangers. He recorded his only career NHL shutout to lead New York to a 2-0 win over Chicago at Madison Square Garden.
1966 - Rookie Bobby Orr played his first NHL game and picked up an assist as the Bruins beat Detroit, 6-2 in Boston Garden.
34-year-old Harry Sinden coached his first NHL game, a 6-2 Boston Bruins' win over Detroit.
1978 - Bobby Orr picked up the final assist (#645) of his NHL career, as the Chicago Black Hawks won 6-2 over the Minnesota North Stars.
1980 - In a pre-game ceremony at Chicago Stadium, Stan Mikita's uniform #21 was retired by the Black Hawks. It was the first Hawk jersey to be retired.
1980 - Paul Coffey picked up the first assist of his NHL career, on a goal by Dave Semenko, in the Oilers' 4-2 win over the Rangers, in New York.
1993 - Terry Yake scored the first hat trick in Mighty Ducks history, and added an assist in a 4-2 win over the Rangers at New York. It came in the first road game in Mighty Ducks' history.
Happy Birthday to Dale Tallon, Zdeno Ciger, Boyd Gordon and Shrimp Worters.