1967 - Los Angeles Kings played their first NHL game, and came away with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, at the Long Beach Arena, in California.
1978 - 17-year-old Wayne Gretzky played in his first pro hockey game, a 6-3 Indianapolis Racers' loss to Winnipeg, in the WHA.
1979 - Wayne Gretzky scored his first NHL goal, when the Oilers tied Vancouver 4-4 in Edmonton. Glen Hanlon was the victim of Gretzky's first goal.
1979 - Philadelphia Flyers began an NHL record 35 game undefeated streak with a 4-3 win over Toronto at the Spectrum. They went 25-0-10 over the next three months.
1992 - Rookie Teemu Selanne scored his first career hat trick, and added an assist to lead the Jets to a 7-3 win over Edmonton in Winnipeg.
2000 - Patrick Roy tied Terry Sawchuk's career victory record with his 447th victory as the Avalanche won 3-1 against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.
Happy Birthday to Dave "The Hammer" Schultz, Sylvain Lefebvre, Alexei Kasatonov, Perry Anderson, Skip Krake, Daniel Tjarnqvist and J.C. Bergeron