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January 18, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: Jan 18th

1945 - 7,687 fans waited in their seats at the Detroit Olympia as weather made the NY Rangers three hours late for their game. The Red Wings beat the Rangers 7-3 in a game that began at 11:15 PM and ended at 12:56 AM.

1958 - Boston's Willie O'Ree skated onto the ice at Montreal and became the first player of African descent to appear in an NHL game.

1967 - For the first time in NHL history the All-Star game was held at mid-season. The Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadiens beat the All Stars 3-0 at the Forum. John Ferguson scored twice for the Canadiens.

1992 - MVP Brett Hull scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Campbell Conference to a 10-6 win over the Wales Conference in the NHL All Star Game at Philadelphia. It was the first penalty free game in All Star history.

1997 - Mark Recchi and Owen Nolan scored hat tricks as the East beat the West 11-7, in the All Star Game in San Jose. Adam Oates had 2 assists to set a career All-Star record with 12. Gretzky & Lemieux eached scored their 20th point, another record.

2001 - New York's Mike Richter picked up his 267th career victory to become the winningest goaltender in team history (passing Ed Giacomin), when the Rangers beat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime.

Happy Birthday to Mark Messier, Syl Apps Sr., Brian Gionta, Ruslan Fedotenko, Andrew McBain, Jere Gillis, Mike Blaisdell, Dean Kennedy, Jason Labarbera and Alex Pietrangelo.

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