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This Week in Centennial History

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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 Aug. 27-Sept. 2: 

Sept. 2, 1972: The Soviet Union wins the opening game of the Summit Series by defeating Canada 7-3 in Montreal. The Soviets allow two early goals, then stun the crowd at the Forum with their speed and skill.


Sept 1, 1999: Mario Lemieux's application for ownership of the Pittsburgh Penguins is approved by the NHL Board of Governors.


Aug. 31, 1931: Jean Beliveau, a member of 17 Stanley Cup championship teams (10 as a player, seven as an executive) with the Montreal Canadiens, is born in Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

Video: Jean Beliveau's name is on Stanley Cup 17 times


Aug. 30, 1982: The Washington Capitals, who have yet to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since entering the NHL in 1974, hire 32-year-old David Poile as their general manager. 


Aug. 29, 1994: Lemieux, the Penguins center, announces he will sit out the 1994-95 NHL season because of back problems and fatigue, an aftereffect from his radiation treatment for cancer.


Aug. 28, 2015: Al Arbour, the coach of the New York Islanders' dynasty in the early 1980s, dies at age 82.


Aug. 27, 1962: Center Adam Oates, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and arguably the best undrafted player in NHL history, is born in Weston, Ontario.

Video: Adam Oates NHL's fourth all-time assists leader

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