With the Raptors still just 17-years-old and perennially dealing with an identity crisis, or at least a relevance crisis on the NBA map, many tend to forget the role Toronto played in the history of professional basketball.

On this day 66 years ago, November 1, 1946, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens to open the Basketball Association of America, which three years later merged with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association.

For the record, the NBA considers that 66-year-old Toronto/New York matchup the first game in league history.

I’ve always believed that one Knicks/Raptors game at the ACC every season should feature the Raps wearing Huskies unis. It just seems right, doesn’t it? You know what else just seems right in hindsight, that the Huskies lost a two-point heartbreaker in their home/season opener – sound familiar?

H/T to Jay Satur for tweeting about the anniversary and to mashable.com for sharing the hard to find video