February 4: This Day in NHL History

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Feb. 4 NHL History 1943: Frank Calder, president of the NHL since its inception in 1917, dies of a heart attack in a Montreal hospital. He’s replaced on an interim basis by Red Dutton. 1961: The start of the game between the Rangers and Boston Bruins at Boston Garden is delayed for two hours because the Rangers […]

January 27: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 27 NHL History 1951: Jean Beliveau, wearing No. 20 and playing on an amateur tryout contract, scores his first NHL goal when he beats Chicago Blackhawks goalie Harry Lumley during the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-2 victory at the Forum. The goal (and an assist) comes in Beliveau’s second NHL game. 1955: Detroit Red Wings forward Gordie Howe is credited with 19 shots […]

December 29: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 29 NHL History Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens scores two memorable goals exactly 10 years apart. 1945: Richard scores twice, giving him 100 goals in 145 NHL games, in a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Forum. It’s the fastest 100 goals by any player in NHL history. 1955: Richard scores the 500th goal of […]

October 27: This Day in NHL History

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October 27 NHL History 1963: Gordie Howe scores his 544th NHL goal during the Detroit Red Wings’ 6-4 loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens. The power-play goal midway through the third period against goalie Gump Worsley pulls Howe into a tie with Maurice Richard of the Canadiens, the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring leader when he retires in 1960. Exactly five years later, […]

October 23: This Day in NHL History

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October 23 NHL History 1966: Rookie defenseman Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins scores his first NHL goal. Orr’s 50-foot slap shot beats Montreal Canadiens goaltender Gump Worsley at 4:13 of the third period to tie the game, but Boston loses 3-2 on a goal by defenseman Jean-Guy Talbot with 2:05 remaining. 1971: Five years to the day that Orr gets […]

September 8: This Day in NHL History

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September 8 NHL History 1971: Gordie Howe announces his retirement after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and becomes a team vice president. Howe, 43, owns the NHL career marks for games played, goals, assists and points, but he’s coming off his worst offensive season (23 goals, 52 points) since 1948-49 when he decides to retire. […]

July 20: This Day in NHL History

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July 20 NHL History 1953: Goaltender Johnny Bower, a star with the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League, is acquired in a trade by the New York Rangers, who send Emile Francis, Neil Strain and cash to Cleveland. Bower makes his NHL debut a few weeks before his 29th birthday; he goes 29-31-10 in 1953-54 and […]

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 […]