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This Day In Hockey History: May 23rd

1968 - Toronto Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Pierre Pilote from Chicago in exchange for forward Jim Pappin.

1977 - Gordie Howe left the Houston Aeros, and along with sons Mark and Marty, joined the New England Whalers of the WHA.

1979 - The New England Whalers officially changed their name to the Hartford Whalers.

1996 - Sergei Fedorov picked up four assists as Detroit won 6-4 at Colorado, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

1999 - Lindy Ruff became the Buffalo Sabres all-time leader in playoff coaching victories (breaking the mark of 18 held by Scott Bowman) in a 5-4 win at Toronto.

2000 - Joe Nieuwendyk scored the winning goal at 12:10 of overtime in the Stars 3-2 win against the visiting Colorado Avalanche, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Happy Birthday to Gary Roberts, Dave Babych, Vic Stasiuk, Brian Campbell, Bryan Hextall Jr., Tom Rowe, Ken Quinney, Pete LoPresti and Dolly Dolson.

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