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January 06, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: Jan 6th

1942 - During a 3-2 Bruins win over Chicago in Boston Garden, an announcement was made to the fans in attendance to "please return any pucks deflected into the stands, due to a wartime shortage of rubber".

1957 - Toronto's Ted Kennedy came out of retirement (after a year and a half) to help the Leafs for the remainder of the 1956-57 season. Kennedy went on to score six goals and 16 assists, for 22 points in 30 games.

1974 - Reggie Leach scored his first career hat trick in the Oakland Seals' 9-4 loss to the Black Hawks, in Chicago.

1974 - Chicago's Dennis Hull scored his second (and final) career hat trick in the Black Hawks' 9-4 win against the visiting Oakland Seals.

1976 - Emile Francis, the New York Rangers' General Manager since 1964, was fired. He was replaced the following day by John Ferguson.

1980 - Philadelphia Flyers scored twice in the final period for a 4-2 win at Buffalo, to run their NHL-record unbeaten streak to 35 games (25-0-10). The streak ended with a loss to the Minnesota North Stars the next night.

1981 - New York's John Tonelli tied a team record with five goals and Mike Bossy set a new team mark with six assists in the Islanders' 6-3 victory over Toronto. It was Tonelli's first career hat trick.

1983 - Chicago traded Curt Fraser to Vancouver, in exchange for Tony Tanti.

1993 - After missing 38 games due to a back injury, Wayne Gretzky played in his first game of the 1992-93 season, and the 1,000th of his NHL career, and picked up two assists, in a 6-3 Kings' loss to Tampa Bay, at the Forum.

Happy Birthday to Dickie Moore, Paul Reinhart, Keith Crowder, Richard Zednik, Doug Barkley, Carl Voss, Ryan Craig, Rob Valicevic and Adam Burish

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