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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.

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