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This Day in Hockey History – August 25

Today in hockey history, a franchise meets a gloomy fate, two new Hall of Fame classes, and a state acquires its first NHL team.

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August 25, 1938 – After finishing 12-30-6 in the 1937-38 seasons, the Montreal Maroons franchise suspended its own operation as an NHL franchise (after the league reluctantly agreed), hoping to relocate to another city, partly because their same-city rival Canadiens were drawing more of a crowd. Planning on being out of the league for just one year, the Maroons never returned to the league, and officially shut down in 1947.

August 25, 1962 – The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted its newest members: Punch Broadbent, Harry Hyland, Fred “Steamer” Maxwell, Reg Noble, Sweeney Schriner, Alf Smith, and Nels Stewart.

August 25, 1976 – The state of Colorado finally received its first NHL franchise…the Colorado Rockies, who had moved from Kansas City (Scouts) after a total of two disappointing years in Missouri (27-110-23). The Rockies wouldn’t fare much better, lasting only six seasons before moving to New Jersey and becoming the Devils. The Colorado Rockies are now a Major League Baseball team.

August 25, 1977 – The Hall of Fame announced a new class: Alex Delvecchio, Tim Horton, and builders Harold Ballard, Joseph Cattarinch, and John “Bunny” Ahearne. Yes, the very same Tim Horton who now has a restaurant chain in Canada named after him.


Source: Hockey Hall of Fame

Scott Finger
Scott is the former managing editor at Hooked on Hockey Magazine. He loves hockey, writing, and writing about hockey. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 2011 with a useless degree in Media Communications (concentrating in Journalism). Being a New York Rangers fan (and NY Giants and Mets fan) living in Boston is very uncomfortable for him, and it'll be awkward trying to celebrate a Rangers Cup win in the streets when they inevitably win sometime in the next 100 years. He also likes long walks on the beach.
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