Today in Hockey History: Ottawa Senators Deal Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

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Hockey is going strong, but we at Last Word on Hockey are still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for September 13th, featuring Erik Karlsson.

Today in Hockey History

Erik Karlsson Traded to Sharks

2018: The San Jose Sharks acquire the Norris Trophy-winner from the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa receives forwards Chris Tierney, Rudolfs Balcers, Dylan DeMelo, prospect Josh Norris and a score of draft picks. The Senators deal the Swede after he declines to sign a contract extension.

NHL free agent frenzy

Karlsson gets three goals and 45 points in 53 games after missing 29 games due to injury. The Sharks make a decent run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, however, are ousted in the Western Conference Final by the St. Louis Blues.

Other Notable Events

1926: Hall of Famer Emile Francis is born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Francis plays for the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers as well as the minor leagues. He becomes the coach of the Rangers’ junior team in Guelph and becomes the assistant general manager. Francis is promoted to general manager in 1964 and coach in 1965. He helps the Blueshirts become one of the better teams in the league. The Rangers fire Francis in 1976, but he quickly lands a job with the St. Louis Blues. He ends his career with the Hartford Whalers in 1993 after being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

1976: Goalie Jacques Plante headlines this year’s Hall of Fame class. The inventor of the goalie mask joins Andy Bathgate and Marcel Provonost as players in the year’s class. Sam Pollock, J.P. Bickell, and William Thayer Tutt also enter as builders.

1981: The Soviet Union takes the second Canada Cup tournament with an 8-1 rout of Team Canada. They break the game open with a five-goal third period to seal the victory. Goalie Vladislav Tretiak gets tournament most valuable player honours.

1984: Mike Bossy scores 12:29 into overtime as Canada avenges their 1981 loss to the USSR with a 3-2 win. Canada’s victory sets up a best-of-three final series with Sweden.

1987: Mario Lemieux gets the game-winner 10:07 into the second overtime as Canada beats the Soviet Union 6-5 in one of the greatest hockey games of all-time. Canada can’t hold leads and Valeri Kamensky ties the game with 1:04 left in regulation. Lemieux takes a pass from Wayne Gretzky to seal the win in Game 2 of the Canada Cup.

Happy Birthday to You

1902: Harold Darragh

1926: Emile Francis

1966: Igor Kravchuk

1974: Craig Rivet

1976: Jose Theodore

1995: Miles Wood

1996: Adrian Kempe

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