THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 5
1959: The Hockey Hall of Fame holds its first formal induction ceremony. The Hall was established in 1943 and inducted its first members in 1945, but this is the first time there is a ceremony to honor the newly elected members. Previous inductees are also honored; 31 of the 34 living members are present.
The new members include forward Cy Denneny, goaltender Tiny Thompson and Jack Adams, who is inducted as a player. However, Adams is best known for spending 36 seasons as a coach and/or general manager with the Detroit Red Wings and is the only man to win the Stanley Cup as a player, coach and GM.
2003: The New York Rangers re-sign center Mark Messier, a free agent, to a one-year contract 11 weeks after trading his negotiating rights to the San Jose Sharks. It will be the 25th NHL season for Messier, 42, who enters 2003-04 with 1,844 points (676 goals), six points behind Gordie Howe for second on the NHL's all-time list.