1940 - Dick Irvin coached his first game with the Montreal Canadiens, a 1-1 tie against the Bruins, at the Forum. Irvin replaced Pit Lepine as head coach.
1948 - Detroit's Gordie Howe made the first of his NHL record 23 All-Star appearances, helping the All Stars to a 3-1 win over the Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs, in Chicago.
1974 - Boston's John Bucyk beame the highest scoring left wing in NHL history, in a 10-1 win over the visiting Minnesota North Stars. Bucyk's two assists in the game moved him ahead of Bobby Hull's 1,153 career points with Chicago.
1990 - NHL linesman Wayne Bonney officiated two games in one day -- Chicago at Philadelphia in the afternoon, then Buffalo at Boston that night (after catching a flight) to replace the injured Gerard Gauthier.
1991 - The Canucks honored Stan Smyl by retiring his jersey (#12).
2002 - Mark Messier moved ahead of Larry Murphy into second place all-time in NHL games played, with the 1,616th of his NHL career in a 3-2 Rangers loss against the visiting St. Louis Blues.
2003 - Hockey Hall of Fame inducted it's newest members: Grant Fuhr, Pat LaFontaine, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Illitch, and Ottawa 67's coach Brian Kilrea.
Happy Birthday to Pekka Rinne, Matt Carkner, Gerry Ehman, Jim McKenzie, Doug Zmolek, Lionel Hitchman, Doug Palazzari, and Alexander Svitov.