THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 8
1946: Gordie Howe, a teenager from Floral, Saskatchewan, begins his NHL journey when he signs a contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
Howe, 18, makes his NHL debut eight days later. He finishes his first season with 22 points (seven goals) in 58 games. By 1949-50, he's a 35-goal scorer and begins a run of 20 seasons in which he finishes in the top five in the NHL scoring race. He wins the Art Ross Trophy six times and plays on four Stanley Cup-winning teams with Detroit.
Howe is 52 when he finally retires in April 1980, holding the NHL record for games played (1,767), goals (801) and points (1,850).
Video: 1955 Cup Final, Gm7: Gordie's game-winning goal
1963: Montreal Canadiens rookie John Ferguson gets into a fight on the first shift of his NHL debut, but also has two goals and an assist in a 4-4 tie against the Boston Bruins. Ferguson gets his "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" while playing on a line with Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion.
1971: Craig Patrick becomes the first third-generation player in NHL history when he takes the ice for the California Golden Seals in a 4-4 opening-night tie against the visiting Los Angeles Kings. His father (Lynn Patrick) and grandfather (Lester Patrick), are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
1975: The longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history begins when Doug Jarvis of the Canadiens plays the first of 964 straight games. Jarvis starts the streak with Montreal, continues it with the Washington Capitals and ends it with the Hartford Whalers on Oct. 10, 1987.
1983: Regular-season overtime returns to the NHL for the first time since 1942. After Bob Nystrom ties the game with 56 seconds remaining in the third period, Bob Bourne scores in OT to give the visiting New York Islanders an 8-7 victory against the Capitals.
1993: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim play their first NHL game and lose to the Red Wings 7-2 at Arrowhead Pond (now Honda Center). Defenseman Sean Hill scores the first goal in franchise history at 4:13 of the second period to make it 3-1, but Detroit scores the next four goals before Troy Loney's third-period power-play goal for Anaheim. The Ducks finish their first NHL season with a 33-46-5 record.
2014: Antti Niemi stops all 34 shots he faces in the San Jose Sharks' 4-0 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Niemi is the first goaltender shut out the defending Stanley Cup champions in their first game of the season since Turk Broda of the Toronto Maple Leafs did it against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 8, 1941.