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This Date in NHL History

July 23: Lamoriello leaves Devils for Maple Leafs

Plus: Former NHL president Dutton born; Blue Jackets trade Nash to Rangers

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 23

2015: Lou Lamoriello, the architect of three Stanley Cup-winning teams during his 28 seasons running the New Jersey Devils, takes on a new challenge when he agrees to become general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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July 22: Two-time Cup winner Zubov born

Plus: Sillinger traded twice in same day

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 22

1970: Sergei Zubov, one of the best Russian defensemen in NHL history, is born in Moscow.

The New York Rangers select Zubov in the fifth round (No. 85) of the 1990 NHL Draft with a pick obtained from the Quebec Nordiques as compensation for their signing of free agent Guy Lafleur the previous summer, and he joins the Rangers for the 1992-93 season.

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July 21: Gretzky signs with Rangers for reunion with Messier

Plus: Ruff named coach of Sabres, guides Buffalo to Cup Final two years later

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 21

1996: Wayne Gretzky, the greatest scorer in NHL history, rejoins former teammate Mark Messier when he signs with the New York Rangers.

Gretzky says the chance to play with his old friend and teammate from their Stanley Cup-winning days with the Edmonton Oilers is a big reason he decides to sign with New York after finishing the 1995-96 season with the St. Louis Blues. 

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July 20: Forsberg born in Sweden

Plus: Rangers acquire goalie Bower from Cleveland; Richards retires from NHL

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 20

1973: Center Peter Forsberg, one of the most dominant players in the NHL during the late 1990s and early 2000s, is born in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden.

 

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July 19: Hockey Hall of Fame coach Irvin born

Plus: Three-time Stanley Cup champion Osgood retires

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 19

1892: Hockey Hall of Fame coach Dick Irvin is born in Hamilton, Ontario.

Irvin plays 94 games during three NHL seasons, but he spends 27 seasons as one of the most successful coaches in League history. His teams win the Stanley Cup four times (1932 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, after taking over early in the season when Art Duncan is fired; 1944, 1946 and 1953 with the Montreal Canadiens). He coaches the Chicago Blackhawks for two seasons and the Maple Leafs for nine before taking over the Canadiens in 1940-41. Irvin's 15 seasons with the Canadiens are the most by any coach in their history, and he goes 431-313-152 in 896 games with Montreal while helping groom numerous players who go on to the Hockey Hall of Fame, including Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau.

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July 18: Red Wings sign Bowman for two more years as coach

Plus: Detroit promotes Holland to general manager; Toews named captain of Blackhawks

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 18

1997: Two months after winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in 42 years, the Detroit Red Wings make two moves that will help them win three more in the next 11: They sign Scotty Bowman to a two-year contract to remain as coach and promote Ken Holland to general manager after three years as assistant GM.

Bowman guides the Red Wings to the Cup again in 1998 and wins his NHL-record ninth championship as a coach in 2002. After the final buzzer, he puts on his skates and takes the Cup for a lap around the ice. It's Bowman's last act before retiring as the holder of NHL records for wins and championships by a coach.

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July 17: Islanders legend Trottier born

Plus: Gainey retires after 16 seasons with Canadiens

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 17

1956: Bryan Trottier, one of the cornerstones of the New York Islanders' dynasty in the early 1980s, is born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan.

The Islanders select Trottier, a center with Swift Current of the Western Hockey League, in the second round (No. 22) of the 1974 NHL Draft. He joins the Islanders in 1975-76 and wins the Calder Trophy by scoring 32 goals and finishing with 95 points, then an NHL record for rookies.

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July 16: Gretzky in 'royal wedding'

Plus: Four-time Stanley Cup winner Lemieux is born

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 16

1988: Wayne Gretzky marries actress Janet Jones before a crowd of about 700 people in Edmonton in an event dubbed by some media in Canada as "the royal wedding." The Edmonton Oilers star and Jones first meet in the early 1980s when he serves as a celebrity judge on the TV show "Dance Fever," though they don't start dating until 1987, after they meet again at a basketball game. Thousands of well-wishers line the route from the church to the reception.

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July 15: Red Wings hire Babcock as coach

Plus: Keenan quits Rangers; goaltender Joseph signs with Maple Leafs

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 15

2005: Mike Babcock begins a new era in Hockeytown when he's introduced as coach of the Detroit Red Wings.

Babcock replaces Dave Lewis, whose regular-season success with the Red Wings doesn't carry into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After winning the Central Division title in each of Lewis' two seasons, Detroit is eliminated in the first round by Babcock's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003 and in the second round by the Calgary Flames in 2004.

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July 14: Esposito joins Rangers as general manager

Plus: Fuhr signs with Blues; Maple Leafs coach Quinn adds GM role

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 14

1986: The New York Rangers' quest for the Stanley Cup takes a new direction when 44-year-old Phil Esposito officially replaces Craig Patrick as general manager (Esposito is also named a vice president). The move comes five years after Esposito retires as a player with New York, and two months after the Rangers partially atone for a poor regular season by winning two rounds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before losing to the Montreal Canadiens in the conference final.

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