January 17, 2013
This Day In Hockey History: Jan 17th
1956 - Detroit Red Wings obtained Lorne Ferguson and Murray Costello from Boston in trade for Real Chevrefils and Jerry Toppazzini.
1959 - Detroit's Gordie Howe saw action as a defenseman in game at Toronto because of injuries to other Wings defensemen. Howe also played at right wing in the game, a 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
1974 - Pittsburgh Penguins traded defenseman Bryan Watson and Greg Polis to St. Louis, in exchange for Steve Durbano, Ab DeMarco, and Bob Kelly.
1987 - Quebec Nordiques traded Brent Ashton, Gilbert Delorme, and Mark Kumpel to Detroit in exchange for the Red Wings' John Ogrodnick, Basil McRae, and Doug Shedden.
1991 - Andy Van Hellemond set an NHL record for most games worked by a referee when he appeared in his 1,173rd regular season game as the St. Louis Blues hosted Montreal. Van Hellemond broke the record set by Dave Newell.
1996 - Detroit's Steve Yzerman became the 22nd player in NHL history to score 500 career goals as the Red Wings won 3-2 over the Avalanche, at Joe Louis Arena. Yzerman also joined Gordie Howe as the only players to score 500 goals with Detroit.
1998 - Philadelphia Flyers acquired Alexandre Daigle from Ottawa, in exchange for Vaclav Prospal, Pat Falloon and a 1998 draft pick.
1999 - Florida Panthers acquired Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and a conditional third-round draft pick from the Vancouver Canucks, in exchange for Dave Gagner, Ed Jovanovski, Mike Brown, goaltender Kevin Weekes and a first-round draft pick.
Happy Birthday to Jacques Plante, Jeremy Roenick, Sylvain Turgeon, Derek Plante, Aaron Ward, Pep Kelly, Milan Kraft, Viktor Stalberg and Leo Bourgeault.