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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 27: Wayne Gretzky traded to Blues by Kings

Plus: Terry Sawchuk wins 300th NHL game; Mario Lemieux gets 1,600th point

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1996: The second trade in Wayne Gretzky's NHL career garners far less attention than the first one.

The St. Louis Blues acquire Gretzky from the Los Angeles Kings for Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif, Roman Vopat, the Blues' first-round pick in the 1997 NHL Draft (Matt Zultek) and a fifth-round pick in the 1996 draft (Peter Hogan).

Unlike the Aug. 9, 1988 trade that sends Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Kings, this works out for neither team. The Blues go 6-10-5 with Gretzky and are eliminated in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. None of the players acquired by the Kings make an impact in the League.



1960: Terry Sawchuk of the Detroit Red Wings becomes the third goaltender in NHL history to reach 300 NHL victories. Sawchuk reaches the milestone in the Red Wings' 4-3 road win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


1980: Bobby Hull is traded from the Winnipeg Jets to the Hartford Whalers for future considerations. Hull has five points (two goals, three assists) in nine games for the Whalers. He retires at the end of the 1979-80 season with 1,170 points (610 goals, 560 assists) in 1,063 NHL games.


1982: Denis Savard joins Hull as the only players in Chicago Blackhawks history to get 100 points in a season. Savard earns No. 100 with an assist in a 5-3 win at Los Angeles. He finishes the season with 119 points, surpassing Hull's previous Blackhawks record of 107 set in 1968-69.


1989: Guy Lafleur, already a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame before returning to the NHL with the New York Rangers, scores three goals in a 6-4 victory against the Kings at Madison Square Garden. It's the 17th and final NHL hat trick for Lafleur, his only one with the Rangers, and comes 10 years to the day that he reaches 100 points for the fifth consecutive season with two assists in Montreal's 7-3 road loss to the New York Islanders.


2002: Mario Lemieux gets two assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 5-4 home loss to the Kings to become the seventh player in NHL history to score 1,600 points. Lemieux assists on goals by Janne Laukkanen in the first and third periods.


2003: Brett Hull scores twice and has an assist to surpass 1,300 NHL points in the Red Wings' 7-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena. Hull reaches the 25-goal mark for the 15th time in his NHL career.

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