1918 - The NHL modified its penalty rules: From this time forward, teams would play shorthanded for only the first three minutes of a five minute major, and for only the first five minutes of a 20 minute match penalty.
1954 - Montreal and Chicago had a 3-3 tie in a Black Hawks "home" game in Omaha, Nebraska. 4,506 fans showed up to see the game. Chicago played six "home games" on the road that year, in Omaha, St. Louis, and St. Paul.
1973 - Los Angeles Kings traded Gilles Marotte and Real Lemieux to the NY Rangers in exchange for Sheldon Kannegiesser, Tommy Williams, and Mike Murphy.
1979 - Duane Sutter (the second Sutter brother to join the NHL) scored twice in his first NHL game, a 5-3 Islanders loss at Edmonton. Sutter replaced Billy Harris, who was scratched after playing all 576 games in Islanders' history.
2002 - Former NHL stars Peter Stastny, Stan Mikita and Vaclav Nedomansky were inducted into the newly created Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.
Happy Birthday to Tod Sloan, Sweeney Schriner, Jason Pominville, Dave Barr, Curt Giles, Sean Pronger, Philippe Bozon and Earl Heiskala.