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July 18: Red Wings sign Bowman for two more years as coach

Plus: Detroit promotes Holland to general manager; Toews named captain of Blackhawks

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 18

1997: Two months after winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in 42 years, the Detroit Red Wings make two moves that will help them win three more in the next 11: They sign Scotty Bowman to a two-year contract to remain as coach and promote Ken Holland to general manager after three years as assistant GM.

Bowman guides the Red Wings to the Cup again in 1998 and wins his NHL-record ninth championship as a coach in 2002. After the final buzzer, he puts on his skates and takes the Cup for a lap around the ice. It's Bowman's last act before retiring as the holder of NHL records for wins and championships by a coach.

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July 17: Islanders legend Trottier born

Plus: Gainey retires after 16 seasons with Canadiens

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 17

1956: Bryan Trottier, one of the cornerstones of the New York Islanders' dynasty in the early 1980s, is born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan.

The Islanders select Trottier, a center with Swift Current of the Western Hockey League, in the second round (No. 22) of the 1974 NHL Draft. He joins the Islanders in 1975-76 and wins the Calder Trophy by scoring 32 goals and finishing with 95 points, then an NHL record for rookies.

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July 16: Gretzky in 'royal wedding'

Plus: Four-time Stanley Cup winner Lemieux is born

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 16

1988: Wayne Gretzky marries actress Janet Jones before a crowd of about 700 people in Edmonton in an event dubbed by some media in Canada as "the royal wedding." The Edmonton Oilers star and Jones first meet in the early 1980s when he serves as a celebrity judge on the TV show "Dance Fever," though they don't start dating until 1987, after they meet again at a basketball game. Thousands of well-wishers line the route from the church to the reception.

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July 15: Red Wings hire Babcock as coach

Plus: Keenan quits Rangers; goaltender Joseph signs with Maple Leafs

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 15

2005: Mike Babcock begins a new era in Hockeytown when he's introduced as coach of the Detroit Red Wings.

Babcock replaces Dave Lewis, whose regular-season success with the Red Wings doesn't carry into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After winning the Central Division title in each of Lewis' two seasons, Detroit is eliminated in the first round by Babcock's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003 and in the second round by the Calgary Flames in 2004.

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July 14: Esposito joins Rangers as general manager

Plus: Fuhr signs with Blues; Maple Leafs coach Quinn adds GM role

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 14

1986: The New York Rangers' quest for the Stanley Cup takes a new direction when 44-year-old Phil Esposito officially replaces Craig Patrick as general manager (Esposito is also named a vice president). The move comes five years after Esposito retires as a player with New York, and two months after the Rangers partially atone for a poor regular season by winning two rounds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before losing to the Montreal Canadiens in the conference final.

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July 13: Rangers bring back Messier

Plus: Red Wings trade Cup hero Babando; Vegas hires McPhee as first general manager

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 13

2000: Mark Messier returns to the New York Rangers after three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.

One of the first moves by new general manager Glen Sather is to bring back Messier, who signs a two-year contract. The news conference announcing his return begins with Madison Square Garden president Dave Checketts admitting that letting Messier go to Vancouver after the Rangers make the Eastern Conference Final in 1997 was a mistake. The highlight comes when defenseman Brian Leetch, who's named captain after Messier leaves, takes out a Rangers jersey and unfolds it; Messier's No. 11 is on the back and the captain's "C" is on the front. He invites Messier to "come up and put on the jersey that looks best on you."

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July 12: Team Canada invites 35 to Summit Series camp

Plus: Red Wings introduce Devellano as GM; Rangers name Low coach

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 12

1972: Canada announces the 35 players who will be invited to camp to form the roster for the upcoming Summit Series, the first time NHL players will face the Soviet Union.

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July 11: Jagr traded to Capitals by Penguins

Plus: Hall of Fame defenseman MacInnis born in Nova Scotia

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 11

2001: Jaromir Jagr, a five-time NHL scoring champion, is traded to the Washington Capitals by the Pittsburgh Penguins for three prospects.

Jagr goes to Washington with 1,079 points (439 goals, 640 assists) in 806 NHL games during his 11 seasons with the Penguins, and plays on Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992. In what turns out to be his final season with the Penguins, he wins his fourth consecutive Art Ross Trophy with 121 points (52 goals, 69 assists).

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July 10: Two-time Stanley Cup winner Foote is born

Defenseman won championships with Avalanche in 1996, 2001

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 10

1971: Defenseman Adam Foote is born in Toronto. Foote is taken by the Quebec Nordiques with the No. 22 pick in the 1989 NHL Draft, joins them in 1991 and helps the franchise, which relocates to Denver in 1995 and is renamed the Colorado Avalanche, win the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001. He plays with Colorado until 2005-06, joins the Columbus Blue Jackets for two-plus seasons but returns to the Avalanche in 2008 and remains until his retirement after the 2010-11 season. He finishes his NHL career with 308 points (66 goals, 242 assists) in 1,154 games. Foote is the last member of the Nordiques to play in the League. 

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July 9: Kelly born in Ontario

Plus: Nashville hires Poile as general manager; Rangers sign Shanahan

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 9

1927: Red Kelly, who plays on eight Stanley Cup-winning teams during 21 seasons in the NHL on the way to induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, is born in Simcoe, Ontario.

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