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February 14, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: Feb 14th

1896 - Winnipeg Victorias' goalie G.H. Merritt posted a 2-0 shutout to capture the Stanley Cup from the reigning champion Montreal Victorias. The game marked the first successful challenge in Stanley Cup history.

1931 - In an historic first, three assists were awarded on one NHL goal! Toronto's Charlie Conacher scored, with assists given to "King" Clancy, Joe Primeau and "Busher" Jackson, in the Maple Leafs' 1-1 tie against Detroit.

1934 - The NHL had its first All Star game, as a benefit to injured player Ace Bailey. Toronto defeated a team of All Stars from the league's other seven teams, 7-3 at Maple Leaf Gardens. Bailey's #6 uniform was the first in NHL history to be retired.

1941 - Valentine's Day was "Jack Adams Night" in Detroit. Mayor Jeffries headlined the gift givers who bestowed accolades on the man who taught Detroit about hockey; 8,082 fans saw the Wings beat Chicago 2-1.

1974 - Detroit Red Wings obtained Bryan Watson, Chris Evans and Jean Hamel from St. Louis in trade for Billy Collins, Ace Bailey and Ted Harris.

1977 - Philadelphia's Al Hill scored on his first two shots and added three assists to tie the NHL record for most points in a player's first career game, as the Flyers beat St. Louis 6-4.

1981 - Philadelphia Flyers signed Ilkka Sinisalo as a free agent.

1985 - Rogie Vachon became the first King to have his uniform number retired, when his #30 sweater was honored in a pre-game ceremony before a 3-3 tie against the Boston Bruins.

1989 - Chicago rookie Jeremy Roenick scored the first goal of his NHL career, in a 4-2 Blackhawks' win over the North Stars at Minnesota.

1990 - Canadiens' Stephane Richer scored points on his first five shifts on the ice, and finished with two goals and five assists in a 10-1 Montreal win over Vancouver.

2001 - Mike Modano scored a goal and added two assists to become the Dallas Stars' franchise all-time scorer with 869 career points (moving past Neal Broten).

2001 - Pavel Bure became the first player in Florida Panthers history to record hat tricks in back-to-back games

2004 - Anaheim's Sergei Fedorov had two assists to become the first Russian-born player in NHL history to score 1,000 NHL points.

Happy Birthday to Milan Hejduk, Marian Gaborik, Viktor Kozlov, Calle Johansson, Walt Poddubny, Petr Svoboda, Dave Lowry, Charlie Burns, Sean Hill, Murph Chamberlain, Brandon Sutter and Eric Nystrom.

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