Today in Hockey History: June 28

June 28 saw two big trades go down that benefitted a pair of Original 6 licence for years to come. Also, this date in 1994 was one of the busiest in recent memory with drafts, trades, and coaching moves.

Canadiens Change Their Future

The first step in the Montreal Canadiens’ influence the 1970s materialize on June 28, 1964. This was the day the obtain the goalkeeper that would lead them to six Stanley Cup championships throughout eight seasons.

The Canadiens traded Guy Allen and Paul Reid to the rival Boston Bruins in exchange for Alex Campbell and a 16-year-old goalkeeper named Ken Dryden. The Bruins used the 14th pick of the 1964 NHL Amateur Draft to select Dryden but deal him just a few weeks later.

Dryden opted to play for Cornell University before beginning his professional position, where he went 76-4-1. He finally signed with Montreal and made his NHL debut late in the 1970-71 season. After winning all six of his starts, he is named the starting goalkeeper for the elimination. Not only did he win the first of his six Stanley Cups, but he also won the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the elimination most precious player.

Ken Dryden #29 of the Montreal Canadiens

He went on to win the Calder Trophy for being the best rookie of the 1971-72 season by going 39-8-15 with a .930 save percentage (SV%), 2.24 goals-against average (GAA) and eight shutouts. He won five Vezina Trophies during his position, which at the time was given to the goalkeeper who authorizes the fewest goals during the regular season.

Dryden retired at age 31 with 258 wins a 2.24 GAA and his .922 SV% is still the best in charter history. He specified the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Meanwhile, Allen and Reid, who the Bear got in return for Dryden, never played in the NHL

June 2, 1994, went down as one of the busiest days in hockey history. In addition to the NHL Entry Draft taking place, there were some big trades made, a coaching change, and the final Supplemental Draft to ever occur.

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