January 26: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 26 NHL History 1961: Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time scoring leader, is born in Brantford, Ontario. Gretzky’s talents are obvious almost from the time he learns to play hockey. At age 6, he skates with 10-year-olds; at 10, he scores 378 goals. He plays junior hockey at age 16; one year later, he signs with […]

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 […]

January 17: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 17 NHL History 1932: Roy Worters of the New York Americans becomes the fifth goaltender in NHL history to have 50 shutouts in his career. The milestone comes in the Americans’ 4-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden. 1959: Howe plays as a defenseman for the Red Wings in a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple […]

January 14: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 14 NHL History 1922: For the first time in the NHL, brothers on the same team score four goals in the same game. Defenseman Sprague Cleghorn and brother Odie Cleghorn each score four goals in the Canadiens’ 10-6 win against the visiting Hamilton Tigers. 1936: The New York Rangers and coach Lester Patrick each reach an NHL milestone […]

January 11: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 11 NHL History 1941: The Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the New York Americans 9-0 at Maple Leaf Gardens in a penalty-free game. It’s the second straight game involving Toronto that ends without a penalty being called; two nights earlier, the Maple Leafs defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime in a game played without a penalty being […]

December 30: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 30 NHL History 1934: Goaltenders Tiny Thompson of the Boston Bruins and Dave Kerr of the New York Rangers are flawless in a 0-0 tie at Madison Square Garden. It’s the first of Boston’s 37-game undefeated streak in overtime, the longest such streak in NHL history. Boston goes 10-0-27 in OT during a four-year stretch. 1967: The Los […]

November 16: This Day in NHL History

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Nov. 16 NHL History 1926: The New York Rangers are a winner in their NHL debut. One season after the New York Americans join the League and show that hockey can be a big draw in the Big Apple, the Rangers (owned by Madison Square Garden, where the Americans are a tenant) draw more than 13,000 […]

October 28: This Day in NHL History

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October 28 NHL History 1962: Terry Sawchuk of the Detroit Red Wings earns the 100th shutout of his NHL career (90 in the regular season, 10 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs), a 2-0 victory against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Sawchuk makes 24 saves and defenseman Bill Gadsby assists on goals by Parker MacDonald and Gordie Howe. Sawchuk […]

September 23: This Day in NHL History

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September 23 NHL History 1991: Forward Mike Bossy and defenseman Denis Potvin, two cornerstones of the New York Islanders’ dynasty of the early 1980s, are among five men inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They are joined by forward Clint Smith, a star in the pre-World War II era; longtime Toronto Maple Leafs center Bob Pulford; and Scotty […]

May 8: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: May 8 1970: Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins wins the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player, becoming the first defenseman to win the award since Babe Pratt in 1944. It’s the first of three consecutive MVP awards for Orr, who also wins the Norris Trophy as the […]

May 7: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: May 7 1972: Bobby Orr supplies the offense for the Bruins in a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. Orr scores two goals in the first period and sets up Don Marcotte’s shorthanded goal late in the […]

May 5: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: May 5 1966: Henri Richard‘s only playoff overtime goal of his career is a Stanley Cup winner. Richard puts the puck into the net 2:20 into OT to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6 of the Final for their second straight […]