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 […]

February 1: This Day in NHL History

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Feb. 1 NHL History 1947: With his team struggling offensively, New York Rangers goalie Chuck Rayner skates the puck all the way into the Montreal Canadiens zone three times to try to score a goal. The strategy doesn’t work, and the Rangers lose 2-1 at the Forum. 1964: Montreal Canadiens forward Bobby Rousseau scores five goals in a 9-3 victory against […]

January 20: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 20 1946: Max Bentley scores three goals for his fourth NHL hat trick and the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the New York Rangers 9-1 in front of an NHL-record crowd of 19,749 at Chicago Stadium. 1970: Gordie Howe scores his 10th and final goal in All-Star Game competition. His power-play goal 7:26 into the first period proves […]

January 15: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 15 NHL History 1966: Gordie Howe becomes the first NHL player to reach 1,400 points when he gets a second-period assist on a goal by Bill Gadsby in the Detroit Red Wings‘ 4-4 tie with the New York Rangers at Olympia Stadium. Howe gets point No. 1,400 in his 1,295th game. 1970: Bobby Orr has two assists in the Boston Bruins’ […]

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 12: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 12 NHL History 1942: The Boston Bruins defeat the Canadiens 3-2 in the first afternoon game in their history. The game’s proceeds are donated to the American Red Cross. 1953: Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the NHL’s all-time leading scorer with a goal and two assists in a 7-2 victory against the New York Rangers at the Forum. Richard […]

November 15: This Day in NHL History

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November 15 NHL History 1927: Jack Adams gets a victory in his first game as an NHL coach when the Detroit Red Wings (then known as the Detroit Cougars) defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0. Adams coaches Detroit for 20 seasons and is general manager for 36. He is the only person to have won the Stanley Cup […]

October 24: This Day in NHL History

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October 24 NHL History 1972: Jacques Lemaire scores three goals for his third NHL hat trick and has an assist for a four-point night, helping the Montreal Canadiens defeat the New York Islanders 4-3 in Uniondale, New York. It’s the first NHL hat trick at Nassau Coliseum. 1976: Bobby Orr becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to reach 900 career […]

October 22: This Day in NHL History

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October 22 NHL History 1953: Dick Irvin becomes the first coach in NHL history to win 600 games when the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at Chicago Stadium. Irvin coached two seasons with the Blackhawks and nine with the Toronto Maple Leafs when he’s hired by the Canadiens in 1940. He guides Montreal to the […]

October 17: This Day in NHL History

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October 17 NHL History 1957: Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens scores three goals for his first NHL hat trick and assists on three other goals for a six-point night in a 9-3 win against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. 1974: The Washington Capitals earn the first victory in franchise history when they defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at Capital Centre. […]

October 3: This Day in NHL History

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October 3 NHL History 1931: Goaltender Glenn Hall is born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Hall wins 407 games during an 18-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. He’s a key to the Blackhawks’ 1961 Stanley Cup victory, going 8-4 with a 2.02 goals-against average. Hall also sets a record that doesn’t figure to be […]

July 2: This Day in NHL History

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July 2 NHL History 1979: Joe Thornton is born in London, Ontario. He becomes the first player taken (by the Boston Bruins) in the 1997 NHL Draft but blossoms after being traded to the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 30, 2005. Thornton finishes the 2005-06 season with a League-leading 125 points (29 goals, 96 assists), […]