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June 18, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: June 18th

1975 - NY Rangers traded Jerry Butler, Ted Irvine and Bert Wilson to the St. Louis Blues, in exchange for goaltender John Davidson and Bill Collins.

1986 - Terry Simpson was named new head coach of the New York Islanders, replacing Al Arbour.

1987 - In a unique transaction, the N.Y. Rangers traded their 1988 first round draft pick to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for the Nordiques' coach Michel Bergeron.

1989 - Darryl Sittler, veteran Herbie Lewis, and Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak were selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

1993 - The new Hockey Hall of Fame had its official grand opening at BCE Place in Toronto.

1999 - Atlanta Thrashers obtained goaltender Damian Rhodes from the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for future considerations. Rhodes (obtained one week before the Expansion Draft) became the first player in Thrashers' history.

1999 - New Jersey Devils announced the signing of free agent defenseman Brian Rafalski.

Happy Birthday to Martin St. Louis, Doug Bodger, David Volek, Bob Rouse, Joe Lamb, Kyle McLaren, Chris Neil, Derek Stepan, Jan Hejda, Larry Leach, David Hale, Luke Adam, Denis Herron, Antero Niittymaki and Josh Harding

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