April 18th, 1999. Wayne Gretzky plays the final game of his career.
Here's the moment captured on YouTube:
Also on This Day In Hockey History:
1942 - Toronto completed greatest comeback in playoff history with 4th straight win, a 3-1 victory over DET in Game 7 of Stanley Cup Finals
1959 - The Montreal Canadiens won their 4th consecutive Stanley Cup, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4 games to 1.
1963 - Toronto's Dave Keon set a playoff record for most shorthanded goals in one game -- he scored twice during a 3-1 win over Detroit in Game 5 of the Finals. The victory gave the Maple Leafs the 1963 Stanley Cup Championship.
1987 - Pat Lafontaine scores at 68:47 in overtime to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 in game 7 of their playoff series. The "Easter Epic" was the sixth longest game in NHL history.
Happy Birthday to Valeri Kamensky, Scott Hartnell, Oleg Petrov, Vladimir Tsyplakov, Al Sims, Cliff Pennington, Cody McCormick, Dan LaCouture, Petr Schastlivy, Francois Leroux, Dan Kordic, Mika Zibanejad and Stan Crossett