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This Day In Hockey History: Nov 17th


1922 - The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation was founded.

1973 - Bobby Orr had four assists in an 8-0 Boston win against Detroit to give him 456 career assists, the most by any defenseman in NHL history. It was Orr's 458th game.

1979 - Rookie Wayne Gretzky played against Gordie Howe for the first of four times in their NHL careers. Gretzky went scoreless while Howe picked up one assist in the Hartford Whalers' 4-0 win over Edmonton.

1988 - Vancouver rookie Trevor Linden scored his first NHL hat trick, and added an assist, in a 7-6 Canucks loss to the North Stars at Minnesota.

1996 - Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Darius Kasparaitis and Andreas Johansson from the New York Islanders in exchange for Bryan Smolinski.

1997 - Mario Lemieux, Bryan Trottier, Glen Sather, Flyers' announcer Gene Hart, and Hockey News founder Ken McKenzie were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, in Toronto.

Happy Birthday to Denis Maruk, Chris Tamer, Blair MacDonald and Billy Warwick.

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