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This Date in NHL History

Aug. 17: Torrey replaced as general manager by Islanders

Plus: Hall of Famer Boucher born in Ottawa

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1992: An era comes to an end when a group of Long Island businessmen acquire managing control of the New York Islanders from owner John Pickett and replace longtime general manager Bill Torrey with 34-year-old Don Maloney.

Maloney steps into the job after being named an assistant GM under Torrey following his retirement as a player on Jan. 17, 1991. Torrey, who's served as GM since the formation of the Islanders in 1972 and helps build the team that won the Stanley Cup four years in a row from 1980-83, resigns from the Islanders and is quickly hired as president of the Florida Panthers, who are scheduled to begin play in the NHL in 1993.

Longtime Islanders star Bryan Trottier also rejoins the Islanders as executive assistant to the president.

The Islanders advance to the Eastern Conference Final in Maloney's first season as GM, then don't win another playoff series until 2016.



1896: George Boucher, a key part of the Ottawa Senators dynasty in the 1920s and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, is born in Ottawa. Boucher, nicknamed "Buck," joins the Senators, then part of the National Hockey Association, as a forward in 1915. He soon switches to defense and becomes known for his stickhandling ability. With Boucher, the Senators win the Cup in 1920, 1921, 1923 and 1927. He finishes his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1931-32, retiring with 204 points (117 goals, 87 assists) in 449 games, and is inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1960, joining his brother, Frank Boucher, a 1958 inductee.


1957: Pete Peeters, one of the most successful goalies in the NHL during the 1980s, is born in Edmonton. Peeters, an eighth-round choice (No. 135) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1977 NHL Draft, earns a full-time role with the Flyers in 1979-80, goes 29-5 with five ties and helps them advance to the Stanley Cup Final. He has his best season with the Boston Bruins in 1982-83, leading the League with 40 wins, a 2.36 goals-against average and eight shutouts, and winning the Vezina Trophy. Peeters later plays for the Washington Capitals before returning to the Flyers for his final two seasons. He ends his NHL career in 1991 with a record of 246-155 and 51 ties, a 3.08 GAA and 21 shutouts.

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