1942 - The NHL Board of Governors announced that overtime would be discontinued in regular season games because of conflicts with train schedules. Overtime was finally reinstated in the 1983-84 season after a 41-year absence.
1958 - Toronto Maple Leafs hired George "Punch" Imlach as their new General Manager, replacing Clarence "Hap" Day. Eight days later Imlach replaced Billy Reay, as Leafs' head coach.
1984 - Vancouver fired coach Bill LaForge after only 20 games, the shortest tenure of any coach in team history. LaForge was 4-14-2 before GM Harry Neale took his place. The Canucks lost 6-4 in Calgary later that day.
1985 - Hartford Whalers traded Ray Neufeld to the Winnipeg Jets, in exchange for defenseman Dave Babych.
1986 - NY Rangers GM Phil Esposito made his NHL coaching debut with an 8-5 win over the Canucks. Esposito took over the bench duties from Ted Sator.
1997 - San Jose acquired Mike Ricci and a future second round draft pick from the Colorado Avalanche, in exchange for Shean Donovan and San Jose's first round pick (Alex Tanguay) in 1998 Entry Draft.
2011 - Sidney Crosby returned to the ice after missing 11 months with a serious concussion. He scored 2 goals and 2 assists as Pittsburgh downed the New York Islanders 5-0.
Happy Birthday to Foster Hewitt,Alex Tanguay, Lindsay Carson, Butch McDonald, Joltin' Jose Charbonneau and Golden Guyle Fielder.