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 […]

October 25: This Day in NHL History

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October 25 NHL History 2000: Ray Bourque becomes the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history. Bourque passes Paul Coffey by earning two assists in the Colorado Avalanche’s 2-1 overtime victory against the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center. He ends the regular season with 1,579 points, still an NHL record for defensemen. After that, he plays on a Stanley Cup-winning team for the only time […]

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 4: This Day in NHL History

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October 4 NHL History 1926: The Detroit Cougars, one of three new teams set to begin play the following month, purchase the Victoria Cougars from the defunct Western Hockey League for $100,000. Players from Victoria make up nearly half of the first-year Detroit team. 1991: The San Jose Sharks make their NHL debut in a 4-3 loss to […]

October 2: This Day in NHL History

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 2 1955: Dutch Reibel of the Detroit Red Wings sets an NHL All-Star Game record with 10 shots on goal. The defending Stanley Cup champions defeat the All-Stars 3-1 at Olympia Stadium. 1999: Ray Bourque of the Boston Bruins becomes the NHL’s all-time leading goal-scorer among defensemen when he scores the 386th of […]

June 16: This Day in NHL History

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June 16 NHL History 1993: Kevin Constantine is hired as the second coach of the San Jose Sharks. Constantine, who’s 34 when he’s hired, takes over after San Jose goes 11-71-2 in its second NHL season. The Sharks improve by an NHL-record 58 points (33-35-16) in Constantine’s first season, qualify for the playoffs for the first […]

March 27: This Date in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 27 1938: Rookie goalie Earl Robertson makes 60 saves and the New York Americans defeat the Rangers 3-2 in the third and deciding game of their Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series at Madison Square Garden. Lorne Carr scores the winning goal 40 seconds into the fourth overtime. 1952: Turk Broda […]

March 20: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 20 1918: The Toronto Arenas (now the Maple Leafs) become the first NHL team to compete in the Stanley Cup Final and they defeat Vancouver of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association 5-3 in Toronto. Reg Noble scores two goals and has an assist in the first period to lead […]

March 18: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 18 1892: Canada’s sixth Governor General, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, proposes the creation of what will become the Stanley Cup. Ottawa wins the 1892 Ontario Hockey Association title, and Lord Stanley of Preston, unable to attend the March 18 banquet, sends a letter to Lieutenant Viscount Frederick Rudolph Lambart […]

March 8 This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HOCKEY HISTORY: March 8 1937: Howie Morenz, the first great NHL star of the Montreal Canadiens, dies from an untreated blood clot less than six weeks after a fractured leg abruptly ends his career. Morenz, 35, is hospitalized after breaking four bones in his left leg and ankle in a game […]