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Aug. 8: Hockey Hall of Famers Gadsby, Dryden born

Plus: Kings sign Simmer of 'Triple Crown Line'

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 8

Two members of the Hockey Hall of Fame share this birthday.

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Aug. 7: Crosby born in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia

Plus: Sabres acquire goalie Hasek in trade with Blackhawks

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 7

1987: Sidney Crosby is born in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

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Aug. 6: Predators hire Trotz as first coach

Plus: Modano introduced as member of Red Wings after 20 seasons with North Stars/Stars franchise

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 6

1997: Barry Trotz is named the first coach of the Nashville Predators, who are scheduled to enter the NHL in the 1998-99 season.

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Aug. 5: 'Miracle on Ice' coach Brooks born in Minnesota

Plus: Hall of Famer, NHL innovator Ross dies at 79

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 5

1937: Herb Brooks, the coach of the "Miracle on Ice" United States team that wins gold at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, is born in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Aug. 4: Hockey Hall of Famer Maurice Richard born

Plus: Kings acquire Roenick in trade with Flyers

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 4

1921: Maurice Richard, the first NHL player to score 50 goals in a season and 500 in a career, is born in Montreal.

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Aug. 3: Hall of Famer Dionne born in Quebec

Plus: NHL's new Philadelphia franchise chooses Flyers as name

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 3

1951: Marcel Dionne, one of eight members of the NHL's 700-goal club, is born in Drummondville, Quebec.

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Aug. 2: Hall of Fame defenseman Boivin born

Plus: Foote signs with Blue Jackets after 13 seasons with Avalanche franchise

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 2

1932: Leo Boivin, a defenseman who's a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, is born in Prescott, Ontario.

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Aug. 1: Gilbert signs first NHL contract with Rangers

Plus: Future Penguins center Apps Jr. born in Toronto

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 1

1961: Rod Gilbert signs his first NHL contract with the New York Rangers exactly one month after turning 20.

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July 31: St. Louis signs with Lightning

Plus: Malkin born in Russia; Hasek rejoins Red Wings

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 31

2000: Martin St. Louis, an unheralded 25-year-old free agent forward, signs with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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July 30: Crosby taken No. 1 by Penguins in 2005 NHL Draft

Plus: Naslund born in Sweden; Iginla announces retirement

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 30

2005: Sidney Crosby officially becomes a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins when he's taken with the No. 1 pick at the 2005 NHL Draft in Ottawa.

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