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Dec. 9: NHL announces expansion plans, will grow to 28 teams

Plus: Gretzky's 30-game point streak ends; Robitaille gets first hat trick

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 9

1989: The NHL announces that it will expand to 28 teams from 21 within the next 10 years. League president John Ziegler unveils the plan at the Board of Governors meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Dec. 8: Hextall first goalie to score goal by shooting puck into net

Plus: Kurri becomes highest-scoring European; Jagr plays 1,500th NHL game

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 8

1987: Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to score a goal by shooting the puck into the net.

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Dec. 7: Beliveau plays first game as captain of Canadiens

Plus: Capitals end 20-game losing streak; Dionne scores 500th goal for Kings

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 7

1961: Jean Beliveau takes the ice as captain of the Montreal Canadiens for the first time.

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Dec. 6: Gretzky scores five goals, again

Plus: Millen gets third straight shutout; Lightning, Senators franchises born

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 6

1987: If a five-goal night can be a ho-hum occurrence for anyone, it's Wayne Gretzky. He scores three times in the first period, and once each in the second and third, to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Minnesota North Stars 10-4 at Northlands Coliseum.

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Dec. 5: Gretzky gets 1,400th point

Plus: Shore plays final game with Bruins; Tony Esposito makes first NHL start

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 5

1986: Wayne Gretzky becomes the fifth player in NHL history with 1,400 points when he has three assists in the Edmonton Oilers' 4-2 road victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Dec. 4: Howe scores 700th NHL goal

Plus: Canadiens franchise founded; Messier gets point No. 1,400

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 4

1968: Gordie Howe becomes the first member of the NHL's 700-goal club.

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Dec. 3: Esposito's No. 7 retired by Bruins

Plus: Armstrong plays first NHL game with Maple Leafs; Islanders get 500th win

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 3

1987: The Boston Bruins retire Hall of Famer Phil Esposito's No. 7, with an assist from Ray Bourque.

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Dec. 2: Beliveau dies at 83

Plus: NHL Board of Governors awards franchises to Vancouver, Buffalo; Red Wings score 11 goals against Canadiens

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 2

2014: The NHL loses one of its icons when Hockey Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau dies at age 83.

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Dec. 1: NHL debuts in United States

Plus: Nicholls has six assists, eight points; Canadiens play 5,000th game

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 1

1924: The NHL makes its debut in the United States when the Boston Bruins play their first game, a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Maroons at Boston Arena.

 

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Nov. 30: Bruins trade Thornton to Sharks

Plus: Esposito moves into second place on NHL goal-scoring list; Fuhr gets 300th win

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Nov. 30

2005: In a trade that alters two franchises, the Boston Bruins send their captain, center Joe Thornton, to the San Jose Sharks for forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau, and defenseman Brad Stuart.

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