1938 - Future Hall of Famer Sid Abel scored his first career NHL goal in a 4-2 Red Wings' win over Chicago in Detroit.
1987 - Paul Coffey traded to Pittsburgh with Dave Hunter and Wayne Van Dorp for Dave Hannan, Chris Joseph, Moe Mantha, and Craig Simpson.
1990 - Fred Shero passed away from cancer at age 65. Shero coached the Flyers from 1972-1978 and the Rangers 1978-1980. At the time of his death, his .612 winning percentage was fourth best in NHL history.
1997 - Florida Panthers fired head coach Doug MacLean and named G.M. Bryan Murray as their new interim head coach.
2001 - In a pre-game ceremony, Colorado retired Ray Bourque's #77 jersey.
2003 - Florida Panthers defenseman Mathieu Biron became the first NHL player since Phil Esposito in 1980 to score a goal against his brother (goaltender Martin) in a 2-1 win over the visiting Buffalo Sabres.
Happy Birthday to Keith Primeau, David Booth, Gino Cavallini, Kurtis Foster, Branko Radivojevic, Murray Hall, Eddie Johnston and Fred Braithwaite.