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February 05, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: Feb 5th

1925 - Montreal Maroons fired manager Cecil Hart, and named coach Eddie Gerard as their new manager.

1943 - Mervyn "Red" Dutton was named as the new NHL president, replacing Frank Calder, who had passed away the day before. Dutton served until 1946, when Clarence Campbell took over.

1950 - Montreal's Dick Irvin became the first coach in NHL history to win 500 games, when the Canadiens beat the Bruins 5-3 at the Forum in Montreal.

1966 - Chicago's Stan Mikita was cut on the head from a slash by Kent Douglas during the Maple Leafs' 5-2 win over the Black Hawks. Mikita returned the next night wearing a helmet for the first time in his career, and scored two goals.

1966 - Detroit's Bill Gadsby became the first NHL player to appear in 300 or more games with three different teams.

1980 - The Prince of Wales Conference defeated the Clarence Campbell Conference 6-3 in the 32nd Annual NHL All-Star Game in Detroit. Over 21,000 fans witnessed the return of Gordie Howe, who got an assist on the final goal of the game.

1994 - Peter Bondra scored 4 goals on 4 straight shots within a span of 4:12 in the first period, setting an NHL record for fastest four goals by one player. Bondra added another goal in the second period as the Capitals won 6-3 over visiting Tampa Bay.

1998 - Phoenix' Mike Gartner became the NHL's all-time leader in career games by a player who never won a Stanley Cup, when he appeared in his 1,412th NHL game, a 6-2 loss to the Flyers. Gartner passed Hall of Famer Harry Howell (1,411 NHL games).

1999 - Larry Murphy played in his 1,447th game, breaking Tim Horton's NHL record for career games by a defenseman, as the Red Wings lost 3-1 to the visiting Colorado Avalanche.

Happy Birthday to Don Cherry, Jan Hrdina, Larry Hillman, Richard Matvichuk, Norm Dupont, Tomas Kopecky, Christoph Schubert, Kris Beech and Linus Omark.

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