Here’s a look at today’s NHL history. It is quite the day.
1945- The Hockey Hall of Fame elected its first class of inductees. Hobey Baker, Chuck Gardiner, Eddie Gerard, Frank McGee, Howie Morenz, Tommy Phillips, Harvey Pulford, Hod Stuart, Georges Vezina, and Lord Stanley of Preston were chosen to be the first ten members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
1986- The Edmonton Oilers don’t want to remember this moment. Defenseman Steve Smith attempted a break-out pass from behind his own net. To the horror of Oilers fans everywhere, the puck deflected off of Edmonton goaltender Grant Fuhr and found the back of the net. This own goal gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 lead in the third period of Game 7 of the Smythe Division Final, and the Flames held on to win by that score, preventing the Oilers from going after a third straight Stanley Cup.
1994- Talk about an upset! The #8 seeded San Jose Sharks defeated the #1 seeded Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals. Jamie Baker scored the game winning goal in the Sharks’ 3-2 victory.
1997- Mario Tremblay resigned as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens after only two seasons at the helm.