October 08, 2013
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
Posted by Joe Pelletier at 12:41 am