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#TBT: Gretzky wedding, Holland becomes GM, Osgood retires and more

This week in hockey history sees a royal wedding in Edmonton, changes behind the bench and in management, and retirements. Here’s what happened the week of July 13-19 in hockey history:

TLN

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis Joseph makes a blocker save against the Carolina Hurricanes during game six Eastern Conference final action in Toronto, Tuesday, May 28, 2002. (CP PHOTO/Kevin Frayer)

July 15, 1998: Curtis Joseph signs with the Leafs as a free agent. Cujo would help the team to 133 victories in his four seasons with them, leading them to the Eastern Conference Final in 2002. He would sign with the Red Wings following this season, but returns to Toronto in 2008 to finish his career.

July 14, 1999: Pat Quinn adds the role of GM to his current coaching duties, making him the only GM/coach in the NHL at the time. He would continue to do both jobs until 2003 and coach until 2006.

Oilersnation

FILE — Wayne Gretzky gives a thumbs-up as he and his wife Janet Jones leave St. Joseph’s Basilica July 16, 1988 after being wed before 700 friends and relatives in Edmonton. Before she was implicated in “Operation Slapshot,” the scandalous sports gambling ring, Janet Jones made headlines as a fitness star, Wayne Gretzky’s wife and a contestant on “Dance Fever.” (CP PICTURE ARCHIVE/Dave Buston)

July 19, 1962: Craig Muni was born in Toronto, Ontario. Muni won three Stanley Cups with the Oilers (’87, ’88, and ’90). He holds the record for the most playoff games without scoring a goal: he had 17 assists, but no goals in 113 playoff games.

July 16, 1988: Edmonton’s royal wedding. Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones marry in Edmonton in front of 700 people while thousands line the streets from the church to the reception location to wish the newlyweds well.

Wingsnation

July 19, 2011: Chris Osgood announces his retirement. He played 14 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Red Wings and finishes his career with 401 wins (317 with Detroit) in 744 games and three Stanley Cups with Detroit.

July 18, 1997: After winning their first Stanley Cup in 42 years, the Red Wings sign Scotty Bowman to a two-year contract and promote Ken Holland to GM (from assistant GM). They would go on to win three more Cups in the next 11 years.

July 15, 2005: The Red Wings introduce Mike Babcock as head coach. Babcock leads the team to the playoffs each of the ten years he’s behind the bench and coaches them to a Stanley Cup in 2008.