January 2: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 2 NHL History 1980: Gordie Howe, age 51, becomes the first NHL player to play in five decades when he takes the ice for the Hartford Whalers in a 3-3 tie against the Edmonton Oilers at Northlands Coliseum. The game comes more than 33 years after Howe’s first NHL game. He’s 18 when he skates for the […]

December 19: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 19 NHL History 1917: The newly formed NHL begins play in its first season when the visiting Montreal Canadiens defeat the Ottawa Senators 7-4, and the Montreal Wanderers hold off the Toronto Arenas 10-9. Wanderers defenseman Dave Ritchie scores exactly 1:00 into the game for the first goal in the history of the new league; his second […]

December 16: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 16 NHL History 1934: Two brothers oppose each other as coaches for the first time in NHL history. Frank Patrick gets the better of older brother Lester when the Boston Bruins defeat the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden. 1950: Two future Hall of Famers make their debuts for the Montreal Canadiens in a 1-1 tie against the […]

September 30: This Day in NHL History

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September 30 NHL History 1923: The Montreal Canadiens sign free agent forward Howie Morenz. The “Stratford Streak” is coveted by several teams, but opts to join the Canadiens and becomes one of the NHL’s early stars. He helps the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup as a rookie in 1923-24, scores 28 goals in 30 games in 1924-25 and […]

August 18: This Day in NHL History

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August 18 NHL History 1986: The New York Rangers acquire forward Walt Poddubny from the Maple Leafs in a trade for forward Mike Allison. After scoring a total of 28 goals in his three previous seasons with Toronto, Poddubny has 40 goals and finishes with 87 points in his first season with the Rangers, then scores […]

May 25: This Day in NHL History

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May 25 NHL History 1978: The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup for the third consecutive season by defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 6 of the Final. After defenseman Brad Park scores a power-play goal 4:05 into the game to give the packed house at Boston Garden some hope, Steve Shutt and Mario […]

May 1: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: May 1 1965: Jean Beliveau becomes the first winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Beliveau wins the brand-new trophy after scoring the first of the Montreal Canadiens’ four first-period goals in a 4-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in […]