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.