This Day In Hockey History - Oct 2nd
1991 - Chicago Blackhawks obtained Steve Smith from Edmonton, in exchange for Dave Manson and Chicago's 3rd round choice (Kirk Maltby) in 1992 Entry Draft.
1997 - Vancouver Canucks named Mark Messier as their new Team Captain. The announcement was made from Tokyo, on the eve of the Canucks' season opener against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
1999 - Atlanta Thrashers played their first game in franchise history, a 4-1 loss to the visiting New Jersey Devils, before a crowd of 18,545 fans. Kelly Buchberger scored the first goal in Thrashers history.
1999 - Boston's Ray Bourque became the highest goal-scoring defenseman in NHL history, when his 386th career goal moved him one ahead of Paul Coffey.
1999 - After starting his career with a record of 0-13-2, Vancouver goaltender Kevin Weekes recorded his first NHL victory and Markus Naslund scored his 100th NHL goal, in a 2-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers.
Happy Birthday Glenn Anderson, Don Luce, Gordie Roberts, Jimmy Peters Sr., Myles Lane, Glen Wesley, Phil Kessel, Jack Brownschidle, Red Beattie, Josh Bailey and Bill Moe.