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Feb. 9: NHL announces 'Second Six'

Plus: Guy Lafleur becomes Canadiens all-time scoring leader; Bruins extend home undefeated streak to 21 games

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Memories: 1966 NHL Expansion

Memories: The NHL doubles in size in 1966

On February 9, 1966 Clarence Campbell announces an expansion plan to bring the NHL to 12 total teams, doubling the league's size

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Feb. 9

1966: The NHL, a six-team league since 1943, announces that six conditional franchises have been granted for teams scheduled to begin play in the 1967-68 season.

After listening to 13 proposals during three days in New York, the Board of Governors awards franchises to Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul and St. Louis. The newcomers will pay a $2 million franchise fee and must have an arena that seats at least 12,500. 

The "Second Six" teams are placed into a new West Division, with the champion earning a berth in the Stanley Cup Final against the East Division champion. 

'Second Six' took shape 50 years ago

 

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1924: The NHL announces its first individual award. The Hart Trophy is to be given to the player judged the most valuable to his team during the regular season. Frank Nighbor of the Ottawa Senators becomes the first winner after the 1923-24 season.

 

1971: Ken Hodge assists on all six Boston Bruins goals in a 6-3 win against the New York Rangers at Boston Garden. Phil Esposito scores a goal and has three assists for Boston, which extends its record home undefeated streak to 21 games (20-0-1).

 

1984: Guy Lafleur passes Jean Beliveau to become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Montreal Canadiens. Lafleur scores three goals and has an assist in Montreal's 7-6 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Lafleur's third goal of the game gives him 1,220 points, one more than Beliveau.

Video: Guy Lafleur won Cup five times in Montreal

 

1985: Bryan Trottier becomes the first player in NHL history to score 25 goals in each of his first 10 NHL seasons. He gets No. 24 and 25 in New York Islanders' 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum.

 

1988: Mario Lemieux sets an All-Star Game record with six points (three goals, three assists) and teammate Mats Naslund sets another mark with five assists in the Wales Conference's 6-5 overtime win against the Campbell Conference in St. Louis. Naslund sets up Lemieux for the winning goal 1:08 into overtime.

 

2003: Martin Brodeur becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to win 30 or more games for eight consecutive seasons when the New Jersey Devils defeat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Brodeur finishes the season with 41 victories; he goes on to extend the record to 12 consecutive seasons.

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