1924 - Boston Bruins and Montreal Maroons were granted NHL franchises for $15,000 each. $11,000 of the Maroons fees went to the Montreal Canadiens for infringement of their territorial rights. The Bruins became the 1st U.S. team to join the NHL.
1930 - Toronto Maple Leafs announced the acquisition of King Clancy from Ottawa, in exchange for Art Smith, Eric Pettinger and $35,000. The cash involved was a record price paid for any hockey player.
1952 - Montreal Canadiens defeated Detroit 2-1 at the Montreal Forum, in the first hockey game televised on the CBC.
1973 - Kate Smith made her first live appearance at the Spectrum, and the Flyers won 2-0 over Toronto.
Scotty Bowman coached his first game for the Buffalo Sabres, and Lindy Ruff scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game, in a 6-3 Sabres' win against Washington.
1984 - In his first NHL game..in his first shift..on his first shot...rookie Mario Lemieux scored his first NHL goal, and later added an assist, but the Penguins lost 4-3 to the Bruins in their season opener at Boston.
Happy Birthday to Jason Arnott, Claude Lapointe, Grant Warwick, Shawn Chambers, Denis Grebeshkov and Miroslav Dvorak.