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This Date in NHL History

June 30: Trade of center Eric Lindros to Flyers ruled valid by arbitrator

Plus: New Jersey chooses 'Devils' as nickname; Emile Francis retires after 47 years in hockey

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1992: After a decision in their favor by arbitrator Larry Bertuzzi, the Philadelphia Flyers officially acquire center Eric Lindros from the Quebec Nordiques for centers Peter Forsberg and Mike Ricci, goaltender Ron Hextall, defensemen Steve Duchesne and Kerry Huffman, a 1993 first-round pick and cash. The Nordiques had taken Lindros with the first pick in the 1991 NHL Draft, but he refused to report and spent the season with the Canadian Olympic Team. The Flyers and New York Rangers each made a trade with the Nordiques to acquire Lindros; Bertuzzi rules the deal with the Flyers is valid.

Video: Eric Lindros had unique skill for power forward



1982: The relocating Colorado Rockies, preparing for their first season in New Jersey, officially adopt the nickname "Devils" after fan balloting. The name refers to the legend of the Jersey Devil, a creature that allegedly inhabited the Pine Barrens in the southern part of the state. The team's original color scheme of red, green and white is unique in the NHL at the time.


1993: Emile Francis ends his 47-year career in professional hockey when he steps down as president of the Hartford Whalers.

Francis, a goaltender, plays in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers, but spends most of his career in the minor leagues before retiring as a player in 1960. He rejoins the Rangers as coach of their junior team in Guelph, Ontario, is promoted to the parent club two years later as assistant general manager, then becomes general manager and coach in 1965. Francis builds a team that makes the Stanley Cup Playoffs every season from 1967-75 and advances to the Final in 1972.

However, the Rangers lose to the Boston Bruins and fail to make the Cup Final again. Francis is let go by the Rangers in January 1976 but quickly joins the St. Louis Blues. He stays there until coming to the Whalers as president and GM in 1983, one year after he's elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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