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July 16: Gretzky in 'royal wedding'

Plus: Four-time Stanley Cup winner Lemieux is born

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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."

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July 15: Red Wings hire Babcock as coach

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

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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.

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July 14: Esposito joins Rangers as general manager

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

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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).

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July 13: Rangers bring back Messier

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

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 13

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

 

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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

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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

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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.

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

Rangers re-sign Lundqvist; Kucherov OKs eight-year extension with Lightning

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.

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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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July 8: Defensemen go 1-2-3 in 1995 NHL Draft

Plus: Iginla selected at No. 11 by Stars; Red Wings sign Mark Howe

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Defensemen go 1-2-3 at '95 Draft

Defensemen go 1-2-3 at 1995 NHL Draft

For the first time in NHL Draft history, the top three picks are defensemen as Bryan Berard, Wade Redden and Aki Berg go 1, 2, and 3 in 1995

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 8

1995: There's a run on defenseman at the top of the NHL Draft in Edmonton.

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July 7: Devils introduce Soviet defensemen Fetisov, Starikov

Plus: Future Avalanche captain Sakic is born; Colorado hires Quenneville as coach

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 7

1989: The New Jersey Devils introduce their two newest players, Soviet defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov and Sergei Starikov, at a news conference.

 

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