Some interesting things happened on this date, February 14th, in hockey history.
In 1927, Conn Smythe took over the Toronto St. Patricks team and renamed them the Maple Leafs.
In 1934, the defending Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs defeat a team of NHL all-stars 7-3. The game was played to benefit former Leaf Ace Bailey, whose skull was fractured earlier in the season when he was hit by Eddie Shore of the Bruins. This is a photo of the two shaking hands, in an act of forgiveness.
Bailey’s No. 6 was the first number in NHL history to be retired.
And in 1986, Wayne Gretzky had seven assists to lead the Edmonton Oilers to an 8-2 victory over the Quebec Nordiques.
Have a BIG one!