1875 - The earliest recorded ice hockey game was played, with McGill University going against the Victoria skating club, at the Victoria Rink in Montreal. The two teams played with nine men on a side, and used a flat disk as a puck. With the rules now recorded and standardized, hockey as we know it was "born."
1920 - Montreal Canadiens set an NHL record with 16 goals in one game, defeating the Quebec Bulldogs 16-3. Defenseman Harry Cameron led the way with 4 goals.
1959 - "Gordie Howe Night" was held in Detroit. Before the game, Howe skated out to get a new car as a gift...only to find his parents sitting in the back seat! Albert and Catherine had come from Saskatchewan to see their first ever NHL game, a 2-2 tie against Boston.
1977 - Edmonton Oilers (of the WHA) named former player Glen Sather as the team's new head coach. "Slats" later added title of general manager and led the Oilers to five Stanley Cup championships in a 7 year span (1984-1991).
1984 - Islander rookie Pat LaFontaine scored the first three goals of his NHL career, and added two assists, in an 11-6 win at Toronto.
1992 - Jim Paek scored his first NHL goal to help the Penguins to a 6-3 win over the Flames, at Calgary. Paek was the first player born in South Korea to play in the NHL.
1992 - Mike Bossy had his uniform #22 retired in an Islanders' pre-game ceremony before a game against Montreal. Bossy scored 573 goals in 752 career games, and won 4 Stanley Cups, all with the Islanders.
Happy Birthday to Brian Leetch, Al Secord, Alexander Semin, Kelly Miller, Bob Kudelski, Stephane Robidas, Joey Johnston, Mickey Volcan, Stephen Kraftchuk, Colton Orr and Richard Zemlak.