1948 - Chicago traded Jim Henry to New York Rangers for Emile Francis and Alex Kaleta.
1949 - New York Rangers traded Billy Moe and the rights to Lorne Ferguson to Boston, in exchange for Pat Egan.
1955 - New York Rangers' rookie Andy Hebenton played the first of 630 consecutive games (an NHL record at the time) in a 7-4 win over Chicago.
1972 - Nassau Veterans County Coliseum opened in New York, but the Islanders lost their first NHL game, 3-2 to the Atlanta Flames. Eddie Westfall scored the Isles' first goal.
1976 - Bobby Orr played his first game with the Chicago Black Hawks. He scored a goal and added an assist, as the Black Hawks won 6-4 at St. Louis.
1990 - Penguins rookie Jaromir Jagr scored the first goal of his NHL career in his second NHL game as Pittsburgh won 7-4 over the Devils.
1991 - Mark Messier was named as the 22nd captain in NY Rangers history.
1995 - Montreal retired jersey #1 worn by goaltender Jacques Plante three decades earlier, as the Canadiens lost 7-1 in their season opener to the Flyers, at the Forum.
1995 - Cam Neely became the first player in NHL history to get an opening night hat trick twice in his career.
Happy Birthday to Frank Boucher, Brian Sutter, Gary Bergman, Red Beattie, Garth Boesch, Scottie Upshall David Bruce and Jacques Richard