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This Date in NHL History

Aug. 16: Price, Olczyk born

Plus: Red Wings trade future Hall of Famer Quackenbush to Bruins

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1987: Carey Price, the winningest goalie in the history of the Montreal Canadiens, is born in Anahim Lake, British Columbia.

The Canadiens select Price, a goalie, with the No. 5 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft after his second season with Tri-City of the Western Hockey League. He's named the top goalie in the WHL and the Canadian Hockey League in 2006-07, then begins his pro career by helping Hamilton, Montreal's American Hockey League affiliate, win the Calder Cup. He earns MVP honors.

Price makes the Canadiens in 2007-08, ties for the NHL lead with 38 victories in 2010-11 and has one of the greatest seasons ever by a goaltender in 2014-15, going 44-16-6 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, leading the League in all three categories. He wins the Hart, Vezina and Jennings trophies and the Ted Lindsay Award, becoming the first goalie in NHL history to take home all four honors in the same season. Price also wins a gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, allowing three goals in winning all five of his appearances.

On March 12, 2019, Price and the Canadiens defeat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 at Bell Centre; it's the 315th win of his career, moving him past Jacques Plante for the most in Montreal history.



1949: The Detroit Red Wings acquire Pete Babando, Jimmy Peters, Clare Martin and Lloyd Durham in a trade with the Boston Bruins for Bill Quackenbush and Pete Horeck. Quackenbush, a defenseman, finishes with the best career among the six players; he's elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. But Babando makes the biggest impact because he scores the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Red Wings in Game 7 of the 1950 Final. Babando's goal at 8:31 of the second overtime gives the Red Wings a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers. He is still the only player in NHL history to score in double overtime of Game 7 in the Cup Final.


1966: Eddie Olczyk is born in Chicago. Though known today for his role as a color commentator on NHL telecasts, Olczyk, a center, has an impressive on-ice career. After playing for the United States at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, he's taken by the hometown Chicago Blackhawks with the No. 3 pick in the 1984 NHL Draft and plays in the League as an 18-year-old, He scores 342 goals and finishes with 794 points in 1,031 NHL games during 16 seasons, ending back in Chicago with 33 games in 1999-00. He's also a member of the Rangers' Stanley Cup-winning team in 1994.


1996: The Blackhawks trade center Jeremy Roenick to the Phoenix Coyotes for center Alexei Zhamnov, forward Craig Mills and a first-round pick in the 1997 NHL Draft. The trade comes after Roenick, a three-time 100-point scorer for the Blackhawks, drops to 67 points (32 goals, 35 assists) in 66 games in 1995-96.


2017: Leon Draisaitl signs an eight-year contract that will keep him with the Edmonton Oilers through the 2024-25 season. The 21-year-old Germany-born forward is coming off a season that sees him finish with NHL career highs in goals (29) and points (77), then lead the Oilers in playoff scoring with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 13 games. He finishes second in the NHL in 2018-19 with 50 goals, and in 2019-20, he becomes the first player born in Germany to lead the NHL in scoring, finishing with 110 points (43 goals, 67 assists). The signing comes less than two months after the Oilerslock up their other young star, center Connor McDavid, to an eight-year contract.

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