October 15, 2013

This Day In Hockey History - Oct 15th

1935 - NHL Board of Governors purchased the troubled St. Louis Eagles franchise (formerly the Ottawa Senators), players, and rights for $35,000. The league then sold off the players to seven of the remaining eight NHL clubs (Chicago didn't make any purchases).

1955 - Montreal defeated the Rangers 4-1 at the Forum. Maurice Richard scored twice while his younger brother, Canadien rookie Henri scored his first NHL goal.

1974 - The first NHL game was played at the Capital Center, in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Capitals tied 1-1 with the Los Angeles Kings.

1975 - Minnesota's Bill Goldsworthy became the first player from a 1967 expansion team to score 250 career goals as the North Stars won 4-1 over the visiting Oakland Seals.

1983 - The first NHL game was played at the Saddledome in Calgary. The visiting Oilers won 4-3 over the Flames before 20,002 fans.

1988 - Mario Lemieux scored twice and added six assists, and Rob Brown recorded his first career hat trick as the Penguins won 9-2 against St. Louis, in Pittsburgh.

2003 - Daniel Alfredsson scored twice to become the Ottawa Senators' all-time leading scorer (with his 492nd career point) in a 4-3 loss to the Kings in Los Angeles. Alfredsson broke the franchise mark of 491 points set by Alexei Yashin.

Happy Birthday to Willie O'Ree, Hank Ciesla, Steve Buzinski, Jean Pusie, Dave Hindmarch, Rocky Saganiuk, and Lefty Wilson.

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