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November 02, 2012

This Day In Hockey History: Nov 2nd

1937 - A benefit All-Star game (the second in NHL history) for the family of Howie Morenz was held at the Forum in Montreal. A crowd of 8,683 were on hand as the NHL All-Stars defeated a combined team of Canadiens and Montreal Maroons, 6-5.

1947 - In one of hockey's biggest trades, Chicago traded Max Bentley (the NHL's leading scorer the previous two seasons) along with Cy Thomas to Toronto in exchange for Gus Bodnar, Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart, Bob Goldham, and Ernie Dickens.

1949 - Sid Abel scored the only hat trick of his NHL career in the Red Wings' 5-3 win against the Boston Bruins, at the Olympia.

1968 - The "new" Montreal Forum was re-opened (after extensive remodelling). Canadiens celebrated by beating the Red Wings 2-1.

1975 - Goalie Eddie Giacomin returned to New York just two days after being picked up on waivers by Detroit, and led the Red Wings to a 6-4 win over the Rangers.

1978 - After 8 games with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA, Wayne Gretzky was sold to the Edmonton Oilers (along with Eddie Mio and Peter Driscoll). Gretzky went on to score 104 points in 72 games and was named WHA Rookie of the Year.

1979 - New York Rangers acquired defenseman Barry Beck from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Lucien Deblois, Pat Hickey, Mike McEwen, Dean Turner and future considerations (Bobby Crawford).

1989 - Edmonton Oilers traded Jimmy Carson and Kevin McClelland to Detroit in exchange for Petr Klima, Joe Murphy, Adam Graves, and Jeff Sharples.

1996 - Colorado Avalanche traded Chris Simon and Curtis Leschyschyn to the Washington Capitals, in exchange for Keith Jones and a first round pick in 1998 (Scott Parker).

Happy Birthday to Bill Mosienko, Matt Cullen, Paul Thompson, Rick Meagher, Ruslan Salei, Jason Smith, Rick Ley, Luke Schenn and Gordie Howe's brother Vic.

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