January 8: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 8 NHL History 1944: Babe Pratt becomes the first NHL defenseman to get six assists in a game. Pratt’s big game powers the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 12-3 victory against the Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens. He shares the record with five other defensemen, including Bobby Orr. 1947: Forward Howie Meeker sets an NHL single-game record for […]

November 29: This Day in NHL History

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November 29 NHL History 1924: The Montreal Forum, one of hockey’s iconic arenas, has its official opening. The Montreal Canadiens celebrate by defeating the Toronto St. Patricks 7-1, before a crowd of 9,000 fans. Billy Boucher scores three goals for the Canadiens, the first coming 55 seconds into the game. For the next two seasons, the only […]

November 24: This Day in NHL History

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November 24 NHL History 1926: The Detroit Cougars (later renamed the Red Wings) get the first win in franchise history by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 in Chicago. Frank Frederickson scores the game-winner and Hap Holmes earns the first shutout of his rookie season. 1936: King Clancy announces his retirement from the NHL as a player after a 16-year career […]

June 29: This Day in NHL History

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June 29 NHL History 1968: Forward Theo Fleury is born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan. Despite big offensive numbers in junior hockey, Fleury’s lack of height (5-foot-6) leads many teams to doubt he can play in the NHL. The Calgary Flames take him in the eighth round (No. 166) in the 1987 NHL Draft. By the middle of […]

June 4: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: June 4 1980: At age 52, Gordie Howe retires again, this time for good. Howe’s first retirement, from the Detroit Red Wings after the 1970-71 season, lasts two years before he joins the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association, where he plays with sons Mark Howe and Marty Howe. All […]

May 20: This Day in NHL History

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May 20 NHL HISTORY 1975: The Buffalo Sabres overcome the Philadelphia Flyers and the fog in a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. A hot, humid evening in Buffalo combines with a non-air conditioned Memorial Auditorium to slow things down. Play is interrupted five times during regulation. After Sabres defenseman […]

May 14: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: May 14 1977: The Montreal Canadiens end perhaps the most dominant season in NHL history when Jacques Lemaire scores his second goal of the game at 4:32 of overtime for a 2-1 victory against the Bruins at Boston Garden, completing a four-game sweep in the Final to win the Stanley […]

April 12: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: April 12 There’s something about this date that seems to bring out the best in Wayne Gretzky. 1987: The Great One scores a goal and has four assists to help the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Smythe Division Semifinals […]

March 27: This Date in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 27 1938: Rookie goalie Earl Robertson makes 60 saves and the New York Americans defeat the Rangers 3-2 in the third and deciding game of their Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series at Madison Square Garden. Lorne Carr scores the winning goal 40 seconds into the fourth overtime. 1952: Turk Broda […]