October 18, 2013
This Day In Hockey History - Oct 18th
1930 - The "Falcons" became the new name for the Detroit hockey team, previously known as the "Cougars". The change came following a poll conducted by Detroit newspapers. Trojans, Wanderers, and Magnetos also made the final four.
1944 - Detroit Red Wings signed amateur Ted Lindsay to his first pro contract.
1967 - Portland Buckaroos' veteran Andy Hebenton missed his first pro-game since March 8, 1952, due to the death of his father. Hebenton had played in 1,062 consecutive pro games to set a record.
1967 - Philadelphia Flyers recorded their first NHL victory in team history, a 2-1 win over the Blues, in St. Louis.
1978 - Minnesota North Stars traded center Dennis Maruk to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Pittsburgh's #1 pick in 1979 (from an earlier deal). The North Stars used the pick to select Tom McCarthy.
1978 - Wayne Gretzky picked up his first pro assist in a 4-0 WHA Indianapolis Racers' win over the Nordiques, in Quebec City. It came in his third career game in the WHA.
1980 - Edmonton rookie Jari Kurri scored the first goal of his NHL career, in a 5-5 Oilers' tie against the Islanders, at Long Island.
1988 - Vancouver Canucks rookie Trevor Linden scored the first goal of his NHL career in a 3-2 loss to the Islanders, in New York.
Happy Birthday to Mush March, Doug Lidster, Hilliard Graves, Leroy Goldsworthy, Normand Lacombe, Bryan Lefley, and the skating tripod, Kjell Samuelsson.
Posted by Joe Pelletier at 4:09 pm