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January 08, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: Jan 8th

1944 - Toronto's Babe Pratt became the first defenseman in NHL history to get six assists in a game. They came as the Leafs beat Boston 12-3, at Maple Leaf Garden. George Boothman added his only career hat trick for the Leafs.

1947 - Toronto's forward Howie Meeker scored five times to set an NHL record for most goals in a game by a rookie, as the Maple Leafs beat Chicago 10-4. The record was tied in 1976 by Don Murdoch of the Rangers.

1950 - Terry Sawchuk made his NHL debut (replacing an injured Harry Lumley) in a 4-3 Red Wings' loss to Boston at the Olympia in Detroit.

1953 - Subbing for injured Terry Sawchuk, rookie goalie Glenn Hall recorded the first shutout of his NHL career to lead the Red Wings to a 4-0 win over Boston at the Olympia. Hall then returned to the Edmonton Flyers of the Western Hockey League.

1973 - Montreal's rookie defenseman Larry Robinson made his NHL debut with the Canadiens, in a 3-3 tie against the visiting Minnesota North Stars.

1985 - Edmonton's Andy Moog and Grant Fuhr shared the Oilers' first NHL road shutout, as the Oilers won 4-0 over the Nordiques at Quebec City.

1990 - Pittsburgh traded Dave Capuano, Andrew McBain and Dan Quinn to Vancouver in exchange for Rod Buskas, Barry Pederson and Tony Tanti.

1994 - Dino Ciccarelli became the 19th player in NHL history to score 500 goals, and added an assist to lead the Red Wings to a 6-3 win over the Kings at Los Angeles.

1996 - Dallas General Manager Bob Gainey gave up his coaching duties, and named Ken Hitchcock as the Stars' new head coach.

Happy Birthday to Ron Ellis, Marian Stastny, Vitali Yachmenev, Garth Butcher, Wally Hergesheimer, Mac Colville, Jon Klemm, Darren Langdon and Trevor Lewis.

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