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October 21, 2013

This Date in Hockey History: Oct 21st


1949 - Hockey Hall of Fame announced it's newest members: Art Ross and Dan Bain.

1961 - Detroit trainer Danny Olesevich was pressed into duty when NY Rangers' goalie Gump Worlsey was injured. Olesevich played goal -- for New York -- for 40 minutes, helping the Rangers to a 4-4 tie against the Red Wings.

1962 - Detroit's Bill Gadsby became the second player in NHL history to appear in 1,000 career games. Gordie Howe was the first.

1972 - New York Rangers played the New York Islanders for the first time ever, and won 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum.

1979 - Phil Esposito became just the second player in NHL history to score 1,500 career points. Gordie Howe was the first.

1981 - Oilers rookie goaltender Grant Fuhr picked up his first career NHL victory as Edmonton won 5-2 over the visiting Hartford Whalers. The win followed a loss in his first game, and was the start of a 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8) for Fuhr.

1993 - NHL history was made in Detroit when Paul Devorski was the referee in a game in which his younger brother Greg was a linesman -- the first NHL game ever with brothers as on-ice officials.

Happy Birthday to Mike Keenan, Carl Brewer, Frenchy Lacroix, Mike Danton, Larry Mickey, Bill Berg, Alex Burmistrov, Michel Briere and Brian Kilrea.

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