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October 10, 1979
The long-awaited NHL debut of teenager Wayne Gretzky takes place in Chicago. Wayne assists on the Oilers first goal in franchise history at 9:49 of the first period, but all this is proceeded by a penalty he's drawn into by Blackhawk bad-guy Keith Magnuson within the first six minutes of play.
Edmonton Oilers
"Wow Mark, we're in the NHL."
- Wayne Gretzky to teammate Mark Messier


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Detroit coach Ned Harkness tried Gordie Howe at defense during the 1970-71 season. The experiment didn't work, however and Howe was returned to right wing.

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