December 28: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 28 NHL History 1918: Georges Vezina becomes the first NHL goalie with an assist when teammate Newsy Lalonde picks up the puck after a Vezina save, skates the length of the ice and scores. It came in the Canadiens’ 6-3 win against the Toronto Arenas. 1929: Goaltender Terry Sawchuk is born in Winnipeg. Sawchuk plays seven games with Detroit during the […]

November 7: This Day in NHL History

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November 7 NHL History 1962: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Glenn Hall makes his 502nd consecutive NHL regular-season start but has to leave the game against Boston in the first period because of a back injury. He’s replaced by Denis DeJordy and the Blackhawks tie the Bruins 3-3. 1968: St. Louis Blues center Red Berenson scores six goals (and has an assist) in an […]

July 13: This Day in NHL History

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July 13 NHL History 1950: Pete Babando, hero of the Detroit Red Wings‘ Game 7 victory against the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final less than three months earlier, is sent to the Chicago Black Hawks (as they were then known) as part of a nine-player trade. Babando’s goal at 8:31 of the second overtime […]

June 14: This Day in NHL History

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June 14 NHL History 1993: The Florida Panthers officially receive their membership in the NHL. The franchise is based in Miami. 1994: The NHL’s longest championship drought ends at 54 years when the New York Rangers hold off the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers get the packed house at Madison Square […]

March 29: This Date in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 29 1970: Chicago Blackhawks rookie goaltender Tony Esposito gets his 15th shutout of the season, an NHL record for rookie goalies, in a 4-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Stadium. Esposito, claimed from the Montreal Canadiens in the intraleague draft, wins the Calder and Vezina trophies as […]