January 13, 2013
This Day In Hockey History: Jan 13th
1926 - Babe Ruth dropped the puck for a ceremonial face off in New York, but when the game started the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Americans 2-1, before a crowd of over 10,000 fans.
1960 - Gordie Howe tied Maurice Richard as the NHL's all-time scoring leader, when his goal in a 5-2 loss to Chicago gave him 945 career points. Richard had an assist the next night, then Howe went ahead for good (until 1989) three days later.
1971 - In one of hockey's biggest trades, the Montreal Canadiens obtained Frank Mahovlich from Detroit, in exchange for Bill Collins, Guy Charron and Mickey Redmond.
1983 - Murray Oliver took over as the Minnesota North Stars' coach, replacing Glen Sonmor. It was the second time in a year that Oliver replaced Sonmor as North Stars' coach.
1985 - Playing in his 436th career game, Wayne Gretzky scored his 400th career NHL goal and added two assists in a 5-4 Oilers' win over the Sabres at Buffalo.
1993 - Edmonton Oilers traded Bernie Nicholls to New Jersey in exchange for Kevin Todd and Zdeno Ciger.
2004 - Tom Fitzgerald and Gary Roberts became the first teammates in NHL history to play in their 1,000th NHL game in the same night as the Maple Leafs won 4-1 against the visiting Calgary Flames. Fitzgerald scored a goal in the game.
Happy Birthday to Art Ross, Kelly Hrudey, Nikolai Khabibulin, Cesare Maniago, Mike Palmateer, Jack Johnson, Marc Staal, Sergei Brylin, Mike Rupp, Adrien Plavsic, Allen Pederson, Kyle Clifford and Tyler Bouck.