1925 - NHL officially announced the admission of a new franchise, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and formally dropped the Hamilton Tigers.
1925 - NHL Board of Governors (meeting in Mtl) announced that the league would have a salary limit of $35,000 per team for the 1925-26 season. Expansion teams in Pittsburgh & NY (Rangers) were given exemptions: for 2 years they could spend $45,000 each.
1936 - Toronto's Syl Apps scored his first career NHL goal as the New York Americans beat the Maple Leafs 3-2.
1959 - Jacques Plante started a game for Montreal wearing a face mask for the first time in his NHL career, and led the Canadiens to a 2-2 tie with the Black Hawks, at the Forum in Montreal.
1962 - Chicago Black Hawks' goalie Glenn Hall was removed from a game against Boston due to a back injury in the first period. It came after he had played in 502 consecutive regular season games for Chicago. Black Hawks tied 3-3 with the Bruins.
1975 - In one of hockey's biggest trades, Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais were traded from Boston to the Rangers in exchange for Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi.
1975 - Twelve hours after being traded by Boston, Phil Esposito scored two goals and an assist in his first game as a New York Ranger. They came in a 7-5 Rangers' loss to the California Seals at Oakland.
Happy Birthday to Rusty Crawford, Metro Prystai, Erni Hicke, Jim Johnson, Murray Wilson, Glenn Brydson, Mike Commodore, and Patrick Lalime.