THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 9
1982: The Washington Capitals make a franchise-transforming trade with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Capitals, who have not qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since entering the NHL in 1974, acquire defensemen Rod Langway and Brian Engblom as well as forwards Doug Jarvis and Craig Laughlin from the Canadiens for forward Ryan Walter and defenseman Rick Green.
The most important acquisition for the Capitals is Langway, who was part of Montreal's 1979 Stanley Cup-winning team but took a back seat to the Canadiens' Big Three of Serge Savard, Larry Robinson and Guy Lapointe. Langway wins the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL in each of his first two seasons with the Capitals. Washington begins a streak of 14 consecutive playoff appearances in 1983. Langway is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.
On the same day, Washington coach Bryan Murray names younger brother Terry as his assistant. The Murrays are the first brother combination to coach the same team at the same time.
1960: The Hockey Hall of Fame announces its newest members: Buck Boucher, Sylvio Mantha and Jack Walker as players, and Charles Adams and Frank Selke as builders.
1997: Mario Lemieux heads the new class of inductees at the Hockey Hall of Fame. As it did with players like Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr, the Hall waives the three-year waiting period for Lemieux after he retires in 1997. Also like Howe, Lemieux returns as an active NHL player after being inducted.
The class of 1997 also includes six-time Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier, as well as longtime Edmonton Oilers coach and general manager Glen Sather.