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December 10, 2012

This Day In Hockey History: Dec 10th

1924 - In the first ever game between the Montreal Maroons and their cross town rivals, the Canadiens, Georges Vezina shut out the Maroons 5-0, with Aurel Joliat scoring four goals. It was Vezina's 9th career shutout.

1954 - A governors meeting was held to discuss ways and means of assisting the last place Chicago club. Following the meeting, Ed Litzenberger of Montreal and Toronto's Harry Watson were sent to the Black Hawks.

1975 - Before a Montreal game with Toronto, the Canadiens officially retired uniform #16 worn by Elmer Lach and Henri Richard. Canadiens tied 3-3 with the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

1992 - NHL announced that conditional expansion franchises had been awarded to Anaheim, California and Miami, Florida. The teams were targeted to begin play in the 1993-94 season, and would bring the NHL to 26 teams.

1997 - Michel Petit became the first player in NHL history to score a point for 10 different teams, when his first assist of the year helped the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-3 tie at Chicago.

2003 - Washington Capitals fired head coach Bruce Cassidy and named assistant coach Glen Hanlon as his replacement.

Happy Birthday to Rob Blake, Rene Bourque, Chris Kontos, Thommie Bergman, and T.J. Hensick.

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