February 27: This Day in NHL History

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Feb. 27 NHL History 1918: The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens play the first neutral site game in NHL history. Frank Nighbor scores twice in the first period to help the Senators to a 3-1 win against the Canadiens in Quebec City. 1977: Stan Mikita becomes the eighth player in NHL history to score 500 goals. Mikita joins the 500-goal club when […]

February 22: This Day in NHL History

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Feb. 22 NHL History 1928: Duke Keats of the Chicago Blackhawks scores at 15:50 of the second period in a game against the Ottawa Senators, ending goalie Alec Connell’s streak of six consecutive shutouts. In all, Connell goes 460:49 without allowing a goal. The Senators win 3-2 at Chicago. 1964: In one of the biggest trades in NHL history, […]

February 5: This Day in NHL History

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Feb. 5 NHL History 1980: Gordie Howe receives one of the greatest spontaneous ovations ever given in sports when he steps onto the ice for the NHL All-Star Game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The crowd of 21,002, the largest to see an NHL game at that time, stands as one when Howe is the final […]

January 24: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 24 NHL History 1937: Howie Morenz scores the 271st and final goal of his NHL career during the Montreal Canadiens‘ 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. Four days later, his career comes to an abrupt end when he sustains a career-ending leg injury against the Blackhawks in a game at the Forum. 1960: Chicago’s Glenn Hall ties the […]

December 9: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 9 NHL History 1933: Howie Morenz of the Montreal Canadiens ties Cy Denneny as the NHL’s all-time leading goal-scorer. Morenz scores the 246th goal of his NHL career in a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers at the Forum. 1956: Gordie Howe scores his 324th NHL goal, tying Nels Stewart for second on the League’s all-time list, in the […]

October 16: This Day in NHL History

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October 16 NHL History 1946: Gordie Howe makes an instant impact in his first NHL game. The 18-year-old scores a goal and gets into two fights during the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-3 tie with the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Howe wears No. 17 to score the first of his 801 NHL goals. The last one comes April 9, 1980, […]

October 11: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 11 1924: The Bruins and Montreal Maroons are granted NHL franchises for $15,000 each. The Bruins, who become the first U.S. team to join the League, name Art Ross as their general manager. 1930: The Toronto Maple Leafs acquire King Clancy in a trade from Ottawa in exchange for Art Smith, Eric Pettinger and […]

October 10: This Day in NHL History

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October 10 NHL History 1979: Wayne Gretzky makes his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers and gets his first point, an assist, in a 4-2 road loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Gretzky’s assist comes on the first NHL goal in Oilers history, by defenseman Kevin Lowe at 9:49 of the first period. Dave Hunter scores just over five […]

October 9: This Day in NHL History

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October 9 NHL History 1952: Announcer Danny Gallivan calls his first NHL game, on radio, a 3-2 loss by the Montreal Canadiens to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Forum. He goes on to broadcast nearly 2,000 games on radio and television, including 16 Stanley Cup championships by the Canadiens, before retiring in 1984. 1970: The Vancouver Canucks, one of […]

October 8: This Day in NHL History

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October 8 NHL History 1946: Gordie Howe begins his NHL journey when he signs a contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Howe, an 18-year-old from Floral, Saskatchewan, makes his NHL debut eight days later. He finishes his first season with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 58 games. By 1949-50, he’s a 35-goal scorer and begins […]

September 13: This Day in NHL History

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September 13 NHL History 1926: Emile Francis, who follows a long playing career as a goaltender with a longer one as an NHL coach and executive, is born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Francis goes 31-52-11 in six seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers from 1946-47 through 1951-52, then spends eight more in the […]

August 23: This Day in NHL History

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August 23 NHL History 1962: Glenn Healy is born in Pickering, Ontario. Healy spends 15 seasons in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs, finishing 166-190-47 with a 3.37 goals-against average and .887 save percentage in 437 appearances. He serves as Mike Richter’s backup on the Rangers’ […]