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This Day In Hockey History-June 23, 1973-Gordie Howe-Nobody Teaches You How to Retire

Gordie Howe came east from Saskatoon in 1946 with $2 in his pocket and a suit supplied by the guy who scouted him; he slept on a cot in Olympia and killed rats with his hockey stick. When his two untried teenaged sons turned up in Houston recently for the signing of their first pro …

This Day In Hockey History-June 14, 2001-Lidstrom wins First Norris Trophy

Wing is first European to win Norris Trophy TORONTO — Finally, after three straight years as runner-up; The Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom has become the first European to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman. With a shy smile, wearing a traditional tuxedo he already had in his closet, Lidstrom kissed his wife, …

This Day In Hockey History-June 14, 1977-Dale McCourt Taken First Overall by Red Wings in 1977 NHL Draft

MONTREAL (AP) -Highscoring center, Dale McCourt of the St. Catharines Flncups, selected as Canada’s top player in the Ontario Hockey Association Major Junior League, was selected Tuesday by the Detroit Red Wings as No. 1 in the National Hockey League’s amateur draft. It took 5 3/4 hours for the 18 teams to wade through 17 …

This Day In Hockey History-June 11, 2002-The story of Bugsy Watson and Bobby Hull

How a young Wing Watson grounded Golden Jet Hull He was a 23-year-old utility defenseman with a big assignment: Shadow Bobby Hull in the 1966 Stanley Cup semifinals. Bryan (Bugsy) Watson was the young defenseman for the Red Wings. Hull, the father of Wings star Brett Hull, was one of the most feared scorers in …

This Day In Hockey History-June 10, 1971-Lafleur, Dionne taken first in 1971 NHL Draft

MONTREAL (CP) — Guy Lafleur, the explosive right-winger from Quebec Rem parts of the Quebec Junior A Hockey League, today had the honor to be the first player picked in the National Hockey League’s 1971 amateur draft Lafleur, who scored 130 goals in 62 regular season games last year, was grabbed by the Stanley Cup …

This Day In Hockey History-June 9, 2008-Dominik Hasek retires

He was only goalie to win MVP twice Dominik Hasek, the Detroit Red Wings goaltender known as the Dominator, retired Monday because he said he lacked the motivation for a 17th season. “I don’t feel today that I’m ready to compete on the highest level,” Hasek said during a news conference at Detroit’s Joe Louis …

This Day In Hockey History-June 9, 1997-Terrible Ted Lindsay thrilled for Satisfied Stevie Yzerman

DETROIT – Terrible Ted Lindsay had no inkling, when the Detroit Red Wings captain held the Stanley Cup aloft in 1955, that lean year lay ahead. Let alone 41 of them. It was the Red Wings’ fourth Cup in seven seasons. They had some of the gaudiest names in the National Hockey League in their …

This Day In Hockey History-June 4, 2002-Veteran Hasek hoping to copy Ray Bourque’s story

This Stanley Cup story line worked so well last year, it may be worth repeating. An aging Hall of Famer-to-be is traded after playing for years in a city where he is a civic icon, just for the chance to win the prize that he has unsuccessfully chased his entire career. Ray Bourque, once the …

This Day In Hockey History-June 4, 1980-‘MR. HOCKEY’ GORDIE HOWE QUITTING AFTER FIVE DECADES

HARTFORD, Conn (CP) — Gordie Howe, No. 9 on his sweater but No. 1 in hockey, has retired. The nonpareil right winger made the announcement at a news conference today, confirming reports that had been circulating unofficially for a couple of days. He will remain with Hartford Whalers as director of player development. His National …

This Day In Hockey History-June 4, 1994-Wings considering trading Yzerman

DETROIT — Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman is on the trading block, and general manager Bryan Murray says he will entertain offers for any player except Sergei Fedorov. “We have to see what Steve Yzerman might bring in the market,” Murray told a Detroit newspaper this week. Fedorov took over the role as the …

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