November 23: This Day in NHL History

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November 23 NHL History 1977: Rod Gilbert plays in his final NHL game, a 6-3 victory for the New York Rangers against the Colorado Rockies at Madison Square Garden. He retires as the Rangers leader in goals (406) and points (1,021), and is elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982. 1982: In one of the wildest games […]

September 8: This Day in NHL History

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September 8 NHL History 1971: Gordie Howe announces his retirement after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and becomes a team vice president. Howe, 43, owns the NHL career marks for games played, goals, assists and points, but he’s coming off his worst offensive season (23 goals, 52 points) since 1948-49 when he decides to retire. […]

August 1: This Day in NHL History

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August 1 NHL History 1947: Syl Apps Jr., son of Hockey Hall of Fame member Syl Apps, is born in Toronto. Though the center follows in his father’s footsteps as an excellent skater and playmaker, he never becomes as famous despite playing more NHL games (727-423) and finishing his career with more points (606-432) than his […]

July 1: This Date in NHL History

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July 1 NHL History 1941: Rod Gilbert, the Rangers‘ all-time leading scorer, is born in Montreal. In his 18 seasons in New York, Gilbert sets franchise records for goals (406) and points (1,021) despite numerous back injuries, one of which causes him to have a spinal fusion. Gilbert is the right wing on the “GAG […]