December 15, 2012
This Day In Hockey History: Dec 15th
1917 - The first exhibition game in NHL history was played (four days before the league officially began) when the Montreal Canadiens and Montreal Wanderers played in a benefit game for victims of the Halifax Fire (which had occurred 10 days earlier).
1929 - Black Hawks played their first game at the "new" Chicago Stadium, and Vic Ripley scored twice in :35 in the second period as the Black Hawks won 3-1 over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 14,000 fans.
1992 - Texas hosted its first NHL regular season game, when the NY Islanders beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in overtime, at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, in an NHL neutral site game.
1993 - Anaheim goalie Guy Hebert made 38 saves to record the first shutout in Mighty Ducks' history. It came in the 32nd game of their inaugural season, a 1-0 victory over the Maple Leafs at Toronto.
1995 - Winnipeg's 19-year-old rookie defenseman Deron Quint scored two goals in four seconds in the second period to tie a 64-year-old NHL record set by Nels Stewart of the Montreal Maroons in 1931.
1996 - Philadelphia obtained Paul Coffey and Hartford's 3rd round pick in the 1997 Entry Draft from the Whalers, in exchange for Kevin Haller, Philadelphia's 1st round pick in 1997, and Hartford's 7th round pick in 1997.
2003 - Carolina Hurricanes fired head coach Paul Maurice and assistants Randy Ladouceur and Don Edwards. Peter Laviolette was named as the new head coach, along with Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Daniels as his assistants.
Happy Birthday to Mario Marois, Ric Seiling, Art Jackson and Craig Norwich.