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June 06, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: June 6th

1956 - NHL Board of Governors passed a rule allowing a player serving a minor penalty to return to the ice after a goal scored by the opposition. Previously teams kept their power play for the entire two minutes.

1967 - The NHL held its first expansion draft in Montreal for the six new teams -- Oakland Seals, Los Angeles, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.

1967 - St. Louis Blues made the first trade in team history -- sending Rod Seiling to the NY Rangers in exchange for Tim Ecclestone, Gary Sabourin, Bob Plager and Gordon Kannegiesser.

1969 - Montreal Canadiens acquired Peter Mahovlich from Detroit, in exchange for Garry Monahan.

1972 - The 1972 Expansion draft for the NY Islanders and Atlanta Flames was held in Montreal. The Isles made goaltender Gerry Desjardins their number one pick, but later added goalie Bill Smith.

1986 - Boston Bruins obtained Cam Neely and Vancouver's first round choice in the 1987 Entry Draft (which they used to select Glen Wesley) from Vancouver, in exchange for Barry Pederson.

1986 - Philadelphia Flyers traded Rich Sutter, Dave Richter, and Vancouver's earlier acquired 3rd round draft pick in 1986 (Dan Gibson) to Vancouver for J.J. Daigneault, and two future draft picks.

1989 - Wayne Gretzky became the first player in NHL history to win the same award nine times when he was named the recipient of the Hart Trophy after his first season with the Los Angeles Kings.

Happy Birthday to Cam Neely, Wayne Babych, Anson Carter, Niklas Sundstrom, Bob Kelly, Mike Craig, Vladimir Ruzicka, Al McDonough, Jean Hamel, Dean Hopkins, Marshall Johnston, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Per Gustafsson, Aldo Guidolin, Eddie Giacomin, Les Binkley and Gary Laskoski.

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