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Martin Brodeur retires - January 29 NHL history

January 29: This Day in NHL History

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 29 1953: Montreal Canadiens forward Maurice Richard makes NHL history by becoming the first player to score 20 or more goals in each...
Joe Thornton November 30 NHL History

November 30 NHL History

November 30 NHL History 1954: The Chicago Blackhawks tie the Montreal Canadiens 3-3 in a game played in Omaha, Nebraska. The Blackhawks play six home games during...
Marcel Dionne August 3 NHL History

August 3: This Day in NHL History

August 3 NHL History 1896: Gerry Geran, the first U.S.-born player to skate in an NHL game, is born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Geran, a center playing...
Wayne Gretzky November 22 NHL History

November 22: This Day in NHL History

November 22 NHL History 1927: Olympia Stadium in Detroit hosts its first NHL game. A crowd of 14,000 watches the Ottawa Senators defeat the Detroit Cougars (later...
Ilya Kovalchuk June 23 NHL History

June 23: This Day in NHL History

June 23 NHL History 1975: The Los Angeles Kings obtain the rights to forward Marcel Dionne and defenseman Bart Crashley from the Detroit Red Wings. The transaction takes...
Gordie Howe

March 31: This Date in NHL Hockey History

THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 31 1923: King Clancy of the Ottawa Senators plays all six positions, including goalie for two minutes after Clint...
Igor Lariony June 8 NHL History

June 8: This Day in NHL History

June 8 NHL History 1955: Hector "Toe" Blake is named as coach of the Montreal Canadiens. He replaces Dick Irvin, who's coached the Canadiens for the past...
Adam Oates August 27 NHL History

August 27: This Day in NHL History

August 27 NHL History 1962: Center Adam Oates, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and arguably the best undrafted player in NHL history, is...