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This Week in Centennial History

Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at 87; Darryl Sittler sets NHL record with 10 points @NHLdotcom

The NHL lost one of its great men this week when longtime Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch died Friday at age 87. Under Ilitch, the Red Wings became a model franchise on and off the ice, winning the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008, and qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past 25 seasons.

As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of Feb. 5-11:


Feb. 5, 1980: Joe Louis Arena, then less than two months old, gives Gordie Howe a thunderous ovation when he steps onto the ice for the NHL All-Star Game.


Feb. 6, 1990: Brett Hull joins his father, Bobby Hull, as a 50-goal scorer. They're still the only father-son combination to score 50 goals in a season, but they're far from the only ones to make an impact on the NHL



Feb. 7, 1976: Darryl Sittlersets an NHL record with 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 11-4 victory against the Boston Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens. More than four decades later, it's never been challenged.

Video: Memories: Sittler sets NHL record with 10-point game


Feb. 8, 1997: Scotty Bowman becomes the first NHL coach to win 1,000 regular-season games when the Red Wings defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-5 in overtime.


Feb. 9, 1995: John LeClair is traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and quickly becomes part of the "Legion of Doom."


Feb. 10, 1942: The Montreal Canadiens join the Boston Bruins in carrying the three members of Boston's "Kraut Line" off the ice after their final NHL game before heading into service with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Video: Memories: Kraut Line carried off Boston Garden Ice


Feb. 11, 1971: Montreal's Jean Beliveau scores his 500th NHL goal by getting a hat trick in the Canadiens' 6-2 win against the Minnesota North Stars.


Feb. 11, 1968: After a ceremony featuring the greatest players of their first four decades in the NHL, the New York Rangers play their final game at the old Madison Square Garden, rallying for a 3-3 tie with Detroit.

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