1877 - The Montreal Gazette published the first formal rules of hockey, in an article entitled "Hockey on Ice".
1970 - Minnesota North Stars purchased 41-year-old goaltender Gump Worsley from the Montreal Canadiens. Worsley went on to play four and a half years with the North Stars, compiling a record of 39-37-24 with 2.62 GAA
1980 - Bobby Hull was traded from the Winnipeg Jets to Hartford for "future considerations". His career ended 2 months later, with 2 goals and 5 assists in 9 games for the Whalers. His final NHL Totals: 1,063 games, 610 goals, 560 assists, 1,170 points.
1987 - Jacques Plante passed away in Switzerland.
1988 - Montreal Captain Bob Gainey scored the only hat trick of his 15 year NHL career to lead the Canadiens to a 6-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets at the Forum.
1992 - St. Louis Blues signed free agent Philippe Bozon, who had spent the previous 5 seasons playing in France. Bozon went on to become the first French born-and-trained player to appear in the NHL.
1994 - Peter Forsberg scores his famous "stamp" shootout goal to lead Sweden 3-2 over Canada to clinch the gold medal at the 1994 Lillehammar Olympics.
1996 - St. Louis obtained Wayne Gretzky from Los Angeles, in exchange for Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif, Roman Vopat, the Blues' 1st round pick in the 1997 Entry Draft (Matt Zultek) and 5th round pick in the 1996 Entry Draft (Peter Hogan).
2000 - Pat Verbeek had two assists to give him 1,000th career points as the Red Wings won 3-1 against the visiting Lightning. Verbeek became the second NHL player (along with Dale Hunter) to collect 1,000 career points & 2,000 career penalty minutes.
2002 - Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux became just the 7th player in NHL history to score 1,600 points, when he had two assists in a 5-4 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Kings.
2002 - Detroit's Brett Hull became just the third player in NHL history to score 100 career game winning goals, when he scored in overtime in a 3-2 victory over the Panthers in Florida.
Happy Birthday to Robert Kron, Jaroslav Modry, Jerry Butler, Andy Blair, Joe Benoit, Mike Sullivan, Braydon Coburn, Ab DeMarco, Mike Kaszycki, Lee Fogolin Sr., Jimmy Orlando, and John Davidson