October 16, 2013
This Day In Hockey History: Oct 16th
1926 - The NHL re-aligned into two divisions: Canadian (Canadiens, Maroons, Ottawa, Toronto and NY Americans -- relocated from Hamilton) and American (Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Rangers).
1946 - 18-year-old Gordie Howe scored his first NHL goal in his first career game, as Detroit tied Toronto, 3-3. Howe wore uniform #17 and also had two fights.
1960 - Toronto rookie Dave Keon scored the first goal of his NHL career. It came in the Maple Leafs' 7-2 win over the Rangers, at New York.
1960 - Boston forward Jerry Toppazzini became the final non-goalie to play in the nets, when he replaced injured Don Simmons in a 5-2 Bruins' loss to the Black Hawks.
1968 - Toronto rookie defenseman Jim Dorey picked up 48 penalty minutes in his first NHL game -- four minors, two majors, two misconducts and a game misconduct. Maple Leafs tied 2-2 with the Penguins in Toronto.
1971 - Detroit rookie Marcel Dionne scored the first goal of his NHL career, in a 9-2 Red Wings' loss at St. Louis.
1982 - Forward Victor Netchayev became the first Soviet trained player to appear in an NHL game. He went scoreless for the L.A. Kings in a 4-1 loss to the Islanders in New York.
1988 - Guy Lafleur scored his first goal in three years, 11 months, and 22 days. It was his first goal as a NY Ranger. He also added an assist, and led the Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Canucks, at MSG.
Happy Birthday to Paul Kariya, Marty Walsh, Wilf Paiement, Joe Murphy, German Titov, Darius Kasparitis, Reggie Kerr, Norm Ferguson, Steve Atkinson, and Thomas Eriksson.
Posted by Joe Pelletier at 6:17 pm