1917 - The National Hockey League was founded. The original teams were the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Arenas, and Quebec Bulldogs (which announced that they would not operate during the inaugural season).
1925 - NHL announced it's new "anti-defense" rule, which would prohibit teams from having more than two players in their own zone when the puck was not present.
1925 - Pittsburgh Pirates and NY Americans franchises were officially acccepted into the NHL. The Americans purchased the Hamilton Tigers roster to fill its lineup, while the Pirates purchased the USHL's Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets.
1933 - Detroit acquired Cooney Weiland from Ottawa, in exchange for Carl Voss.
1961 - Detroit's Gordie Howe became the first player in NHL history to play in 1,000 career regular season games, when the Red Wings lost 4-1 at Chicago.
1986 - Petri Skriko scored his 3rd hat trick in 8 days (4th of his career) as Vancouver won 5-3, at Los Angeles. Skriko had the hottest scoring period of any player in Canucks history, scoring 12 goals and 2 assists for 14 points in a span of five games.
2003 - Scott Stevens set an NHL record for defenseman by playing in his 1,616th career NHL game (breaking the record held by Larry Murphy)
Happy birthday to Bob Murray, Chris Osgood, Keith Ballard, Mathieu Darche, Steve Bozek and Dave Hannan.