1978 - Indianapolis Racers rookie Wayne Gretzky scored his first two pro hockey goals, in a 4-3 loss to Edmonton. The goals came in Gretzky's second career WHA game.
1980 - Washington Capitals Mike Gartner became the first player to be named the NHL Player of the Week. The announcement came in the award's debut season (1980-81).
1993 - Rookie goaltender Martin Brodeur recorded his first career NHL shutout to lead the Devils to a 4-0 win over the Mighty Ducks in New Jersey.'
1993 - Wayne Gretzky scored a goal and added two assists in the first ever NHL game featuring two Gretzky brothers! Wayne played against his 21-year-old brother Brent (in his second NHL game), as the Kings won 4-3 at Tampa Bay
2001 - New York Islanders retired Brian Trottier's #19 jersey in a pre-game ceremony before a 2-2 tie against the visiting San Jose Sharks.
Happy Birthday to Guy Chouinard, Gary Monohan, Colin Wilson, Mikhail Shtalenkov, and Todd Richards.