On This Date 11/28/1925

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The Montreal Canadiens, who lost the Stanley Cup to the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League, begins the season by hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing their first NHL game. Despite battling a high fever, goalie Georges Vezina dress and starts for the Canadiens. During the first intermission, Vezina collapses. He recovers and retakes the ice in the second period. However, he collapsed again and was hospitalized as Pittsburgh won 1-0. A day later, Georges Vezina was diagnosed with tuberculous and died four months later.

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