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November 08, 2012

This Day In Hockey History: Nov 8th

1934 - NHL hockey made its debut in St. Louis, as 12,600 fans welcomed the Eagles to the Coliseum for the 1934-35 home opener against the Black Hawks, a 3-1 loss.

1942 - Montreal Canadiens rookie Maurice Richard scored his first NHL goal in a 10-4 win over NY at the Forum in Montreal. Toe Blake scored twice for the Canadiens, to give him 100 in his NHL career.

1952 - Maurice "Rocket" Richard scored his 325th career goal, to break the all-time record for NHL goals, held by Nels Stewart. It came in a 6-4 win over the Black Hawks in Montreal, exactly 10 years after Richard's first NHL goal.

1963 - Toronto became the first NHL arena to install separate penalty-box doors for each team. The move came a week after Leafs' Bob Pulford the Canadiens' Terry Harper had a fight in their shared penalty box, after an earlier fight on the ice.

1978 - Bobby Orr announced his retirement from the NHL at a news conference in Chicago. His final career totals were 270 goals, 645 assists, 915 points in 657 games.

1990 - Los Angeles Kings retired Marcel Dionne's uniform #16 in a pregame ceremony, before a 5-1 win over the Red Wings at the Forum. Dionne became just second player in Kings' history to have uniform retired (after Rogie Vachon).

1992 - Luc Robitaille, Jari Kurri, and Mike Donnelly all scored hat tricks in the L.A. Kings' 11-4 over the Sharks, in San Jose.

Happy Birthday to Johnny Bower, Keith Jones, Frantisek Kaberle, Bob Gracie, Mike Peluso, and Shane Hnidy.

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