This Day In Hockey History - Oct 8th
1946 - 17-year-old Gordie Howe signed his first contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
1948 - Just a week before the New York Rangers were to open the regular season, the team suffered a severe loss when several players - Buddy O'Connor, Frank Eddolls, Edgar Laprade and Bill Moe were injured in a car accident.
1950 - The first televised NHL All Star Game was played in Detroit's Olympia Stadium. Red Wings beat the All Stars 7-1 with Ted Lindsay getting the first all star game hat trick, along with an assist on Gordie Howe's first All Star goal.
1953 - Detroit's Earl Reibel set up four goals to set an NHL record for most assists by a player in his first NHL game, in a 4-1 win over the Rangers in Detroit.
1991 - San Jose Sharks won their first NHL game, 4-3 over Calgary, at the Cow Palace. Kelly Kisio scored the winning goal with 3:15 remaining in regulation.
1992 - Ottawa Senators retired #8 worn by Frank Finnigan, who scored the winning goal in their last Stanley Cup Championship, in 1927.
1993 - The Mighty Ducks played their first game in NHL history, a 7-2 loss to the Red Wings at the Pond, in Anaheim. Ray Sheppard scored a goal and added three assists for the Red Wings.
1995 - The "Rat Craze" was born in Miami after Scott Mellanby shot a rodent off the dressing room wall before the home opener, then went out and scored twice in the Panthers' 4-3 win over Calgary. Teammates said he had the NHL's first "rat trick".
Happy Birthday Walter Gretzky, Freddy Modin, Raffi Torres, Kevyn Adams, John Blum and Art Stratton