1927 - The Olympia in Detroit hosted its first NHL game. Ottawa defeated the Detroit Cougars 2-1, before 14,000 fans.
1980 - Edmonton Oilers fired coach Bryan Watson. General Manager Glen Sather took behind the bench.
1986 - Buffalo's Gilbert Perreault played in the 1,191st (and final) game of his 17-year NHL career as the Sabres lost to the Quebec Nordiques 3-1.
1999 - Seven months after retiring as a player, Wayne Gretzky was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with referee Andy Van Hellemond and builder Scotty Morrison.
2003 - Montreal Canadiens beat the Oilers 4-3 at the first outdoor game in NHL history, played before a record crowd of 57,167 fans in Edmonton.
Happy Birthday to Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Laperriere, Battleship Leduc, Bert Marshall, Davis Drewiske and everyone's favorite 12 game NHL veteran - Harry Dick.