Oc­to­ber 10, 1979

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The Mother of All NHL De­but Nights

Al­though NHL ex­pan­sion in 1967 dou­bled the size of the league, many of the play­ers on the six new teams had a taste of NHL ac­tion pre­vi­ously. The same can­not be said for the amal­ga­ma­tion of the NHL and WHA in 1979. The sin­gle great­est night of NHL de­buts was Oct. 10, 1979, when 45 play­ers ap­peared in their first NHL game, in­clud­ing fu­ture Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Michel Goulet.

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