January 30: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 30 NHL History 1926: Alex Connell of the Ottawa Senators becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to have 10 shutouts in one season. He reaches the milestone with a 1-0 victory against the New York Americans at Madison Square Garden. 1937: Nels Stewart of the Americans becomes the NHL all-time goal-scoring leader. Stewart scores his 272nd NHL […]

January 5: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 5 NHL History 1957: The NHL is shown on network television in the United States for the first time when CBS airs a Saturday afternoon game between the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks from Madison Square Garden. Bud Palmer does play-by-play and Fred Cusick handles the color commentary and interviews during the Rangers’ 4-1 victory. It’s […]

December 26: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 26 NHL History 1923: Howie Morenz scores his first NHL goal in the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Morenz finishes his first season with 13 goals in 24 games and scores 271 in 550 games. He is among the earliest inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. 1976: Johnny Bucyk scores his 545th NHL goal, moving him […]

December 10: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 10 NHL History 1924: The NHL’s first game featuring two Montreal-based teams is played, with the first-year Maroons facing the Canadiens. The Canadiens win 5-0 at the Forum behind four goals by Aurel Joliat and the ninth NHL shutout by goaltender Georges Vezina. 1969: At age 45, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Johnny Bower plays his final NHL game; it’s […]

December 7: This Day in NHL History

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December 7 NHL History 1919: The Toronto Arenas change their team name to the Toronto St. Patricks. The name remains until 1926-27, when they become known as the Toronto Maple Leafs. 1961: Jean Beliveau takes the ice as captain of the Montreal Canadiens for the first time. To his own surprise, Beliveau is voted captain by his teammates […]

December 2: This Day in NHL History

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December 2 NHL History 1909: The National Hockey Association, the predecessor of the NHL, is formed in Montreal. Charter members include the Montreal Wanderers, Renfrew Creamery Kings and the Montreal Canadiens. 1925: The New York Americans play their first NHL game, a 2-1 overtime road win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Billy Burch scores the first goal in […]

November 9: This Day in NHL History

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November 9 NHL History Two teams set NHL marks for fastest starts on this date. 1984: The Edmonton Oilers defeat the Washington Capitals 8-5 at Capital Centre to establish an NHL record for the longest undefeated streak from the start of the season (15 games; 12 wins, three ties). Wayne Gretzky scores twice and has four assists, and Jari […]

November 3: This Day in NHL History

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November 3 NHL History 1948: Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings makes the first of his NHL-record 23 All-Star Game appearances. He helps the All-Stars to a 3-1 victory against the Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Stadium. 1951: Maurice Richard scores his 300th and 301st NHL goals in the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-2 loss to the […]

October 30 NHL History

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October 30 NHL History 1943: One of the most famous lines in NHL history makes its debut when the Montreal Canadiens open their season with a 2-2 tie against the Boston Bruins at the Forum. Montreal coach Dick Irvin puts center Elmer Lach between left wing Toe Blake and right wing Maurice Richard (wearing No. 9 for the first time), a trio […]

July 10: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 10 1957: In a trade of future Hockey Hall of Fame members, the Detroit Red Wings send forward Johnny Bucyk to the Boston Bruins and re-acquire goaltender Terry Sawchuk, who they traded to Boston two years earlier. Sawchuk spends the next seven seasons with Detroit, plays with the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons, […]

March 13: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 13 1984: Wayne Gretzky reaches 900 points in his NHL career when he has a goal and an assist in the Edmonton Oilers’ 6-5 road victory against the Quebec Nordiques. Point No. 900 comes in Gretzky’s 385th NHL game, the fewest ever needed to reach that milestone. He scores […]

March 11: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 11 1930: The Bruins extend their NHL-record home winning streak to 20 games by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Cooney Weiland scores three of the four Boston goals and assists on the other. 1934: The Montreal Maroons set an NHL record by scoring four goals in the 10-minute overtime period, […]