1924 - Boston Bruins played their first NHL game, a 2-1 win over the Montreal Maroons, at the Boston Arena, in the first NHL game played in the United States.
1938 - Boston's rookie goalie Frankie Brimsek played his first NHL game. He lost 2-0 to the Canadiens (with rookie Claude Bourque getting his first career shutout), but went on to record 6 shutouts in his next 7 games, to earn the nickname "Mr. Zero".
1940 - Chicago rookie Max Bentley scored the first goal of his NHL career, in a 4-1 Black Hawks' win over the visiting New York Rangers.
1973 - Jake Milford took over as General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings, replacing Larry Regan, who had been the GM since the team's inception in 1967.
1988 - L.A. Kings' Bernie Nicholls set team records with six assists and eight points, and Dave Taylor scored his 7th career hat trick and an assist as the Kings beat the Maple Leafs, 9-3 at the Forum. Wayne Gretzky picked up five assists.
1996 - Rangers' Wayne Gretzky became the first player in NHL history to reach the 3,000 point plateau (including playoffs), with an assist in a 6-2 win over the Canadiens, at MSG.
2002 - San Jose Sharks fired head coach Darryl Sutter. Doug Wilson and Cap Raeder were named as interim coaches. The move came after the Sharks stumbled to an 8-12-2-2 start to the 2002-03 season.
Happy birthday to Ryan Malone, Mike Gillis, Jim McKeney, Alfie Moore, and Ray Staszak, wherever you are.