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This Day In Hockey History: May 15th


1926 - NY Rangers were granted a franchise, and joined the National Hockey League. In addition, the NHL announced that Chicago and Detroit would have new teams in November, provided their home rinks were finished.

1964 - Sam Pollock replaced Frank Selke as Managing Director of the Montreal Canadiens.

1967 - In one of hockey's biggest trades, Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield were traded from Chicago to Boston in exchange for Gilles Marotte, Pit Martin and Jack Norris.

1973 - Philadelphia Flyers traded a 1st round draft pick in 1973 (Bob Neely) and future considerations (Doug Favell on 7/27/73) to Toronto for the rights to Bernie Parent and a 2nd round draft pick in 1973 (Larry Goodenough).

1973 - In the NHL Amateur draft held in Montreal, the New York Islanders used the #1 pick overall to select Denis Potvin.

1980 - Paul Holmgren became the first U.S. born player to score a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Finals as the Flyers beat the N.Y. Islanders 8-3, at the Spectrum in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

1990 - Edmonton's Petr Klima scored at 55:13 of overtime to lead the Oilers to a 3-2 win at Boston in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Klima's goal ended the longest game in Stanley Cup Final history and the ninth longest in playoff history.

Happy Birthday to Turk Broda, Jordan Eberle, Wes Walz, Pat Hickey, Dave Reid, Paul Ysebaert, Brett Callighen, Dave Langevin, Mark Fayne, Jeff Deslauriers and Bill Boyd.

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