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This Day In Hockey History - Oct 9th


1952 - Montreal's legendary announcer Danny Gallivan called his first NHL game on radio, as the Canadiens lost to Chicago 3-2, in their season opener at the Forum.

1952 - Lorne "Gump" Worsley made his NHL debut in goal for the NY Rangers, replacing the injured Chuck Rayner.

1970 - Vancouver Canucks played their first NHL game, losing 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings, before a crowd of 15,062 in the first game played at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum.

1971 - Montreal's Guy Lafleur played in his first NHL game, and picked up an assist as the Canadiens tied the Rangers 4-4, in Montreal.

1978 - Los Angeles Kings obtained goaltender Ron Grahame from Boston in exchange for the Kings 1979 first round draft choice. The Bruins used the pick eight months later to select Ray Bourque.

1980 - Hartford's Mark Howe became the first defenseman in NHL history to score two shorthanded goals in a game. They came in the second period of an 8-6 Whalers' loss at St. Louis.

1981 - Winnipeg rookie Dale Hawerchuk scored the first goal of his NHL career 54 seconds into the first period, then added another goal and two assists as the Jets won 8-3 over the visiting New York Rangers.
1996 - Detroit Red Wings obtained Brendan Shanahan and Brian Glynn from the Hartford Whalers, in exchange for Keith Primeau, Paul Coffey, and a 1997 First Round Draft Pick.

2000 - Brett Hull scored his 611th NHL goal, to break a tie with his father Bobby on the all-time goal list, as Dallas won 3-1 at Toronto.

2002 - Wayne Gretzky's #99 jersey was retired by the Kings in a pre-game ceremony in Los Angeles

Happy Birthday to Henrik Zetterberg, Trevor Daley, Bill Cook, and Al Rollins

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