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 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 20: This Day in NHL History

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November 20 NHL History 1928: The Boston Bruins play their first game at Boston Garden. After four seasons at Boston Arena (now Matthews Arena), the Bruins, then wearing brown and gold, make their debut at the Garden. A crowd estimated at 16,000 goes home disappointed when the Bruins lose 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. But the real star […]

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 […]

September 6: This Day in NHL History

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September 6 NHL History 1967: The expansion Los Angeles Kings hold their first practice when they open training camp in Guelph, Ontario. The Kings train in Guelph for two seasons before moving to Victoria, British Columbia; they begin holding camp in Los Angeles in 1974. 1972: The Soviet Union rallies for a 4-4 tie against Canada in […]

September 4: This Day in NHL History

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September 4 NHL History 1946: Clarence Campbell becomes president of the NHL. He replaces Red Dutton, who holds the office for three years after Frank Calder dies. Campbell spends the next 31 years as president, helping a league that has six teams when he takes over grow to 18 when he retires on June 22, 1977, […]

April 19: This Day in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: April 19 1947: Ted Kennedy, a 21-year-old center, scores the Stanley Cup-winning goal to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Final at Maple Leaf Gardens. Kennedy breaks a 1-1 tie with 5:21 remaining in the third period. It’s the […]

March 29: This Date in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 29 1970: Chicago Blackhawks rookie goaltender Tony Esposito gets his 15th shutout of the season, an NHL record for rookie goalies, in a 4-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Stadium. Esposito, claimed from the Montreal Canadiens in the intraleague draft, wins the Calder and Vezina trophies as […]

March 26: This Date in NHL Hockey History

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THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY: March 26 1919: The Seattle Metropolitans and Montreal Canadiens, playing in the fourth game of the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Final, finish in a 0-0 tie after 60 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. The Canadiens even the series three days later with a 4-3 overtime victory, but neither […]