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This Day In Hockey History - Oct 1st



1956 - Dick Irvin resigned as coach of the Chicago Black Hawks, due to ill health. GM Tommy Ivan took over as coach.

1960 - In the only All-Star appearance of his career, Rangers' Andy Hebenton scored the first short-handed, game-winning goal in All-Star history. The Stars defeated the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens by a 2-1 margin.

1981 - N.Y. Islanders traded Bob Lorimer and Dave Cameron to the Colorado Rockies, in exchange for a 1983 first round draft choice. The Islanders later used the pick to select Pat LaFontaine.

1984 - Los Angeles Kings signed free agent defenseman Steve Duchesne to a contract. Duchesne joined the team two years later and went on to become one of the highest goal scoring defensemen in Kings' history.

1991 - Pittsburgh Penguins named Scotty Bowman as their interim coach, to fill in for Bob Johnson, who was seriously ill. Bowman went on to lead the Penguins to their second straight Stanley Cup.

1992 - Gil Stein officially became the fifth President in NHL history.

1997 - Lindy Ruff picked up a victory in his NHL coaching debut, with a 3-1 Sabres' win at St. Louis

1999 - Edmonton Oilers retired Wayne Gretzky's #99 sweater, in an Opening Night pre-game ceremony, before a 1-1 tie against the visiting New York Rangers.

1999 - Ottawa Senators named Daniel Alfredsson as their new team captain.

2002 - Colorado Avalanche obtained Derek Morris, Dean McAmmond and Jeff Shantz from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Chris Drury and Stephane Yelle.

Happy Birthday to Cliff Ronning, Scott Young, Alexei Zhamnov, Igor Ulanov, Mats Lindgren, Johnny Oduya, Larry Keenan, Denis Gauthier, Yogi Svejkovsky, Leo Lamoureux and Cliff Koroll.

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