Wayne Gretzky rookie card could sell for over $1 million

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A mint condition 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card is expected to become hockey’s first $1-million (U.S.) collectible card, if all goes according to the plan of Heritage Auctions. “We’re really excited to have the king of hockey cards,” said Chris Ivy, Heritage’s Dallas-based director of sports. “The timing is phenomenal as far as the […]

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 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 3: This Day in NHL History

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Jan. 3 NHL History 1929: Defenseman Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins drives through a blizzard to get from Boston to Montreal. He arrives in time for the game and scores the only goal in a 1-0 victory against the Maroons at the Forum. Rookie Tiny Thompson gets his fifth NHL shutout. 1939: Bobby Hull, one of the greatest goal scorers […]

December 27: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 27 NHL History 1952: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Glenn Hall plays his first NHL game, a 2-2 tie against the Montreal Canadiens at Olympia Stadium. Hall helps the Red Wings extend their record undefeated streak to 14 games (seven wins, seven ties). 1979: The Red Wings open their new home, Joe Louis Arena, with a game against the St. Louis […]

December 23: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 23 NHL History 1933: Howie Morenz of the Montreal Canadiens scores his 249th NHL goal in a 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at the Forum to become the League’s all-time leader. Morenz surpasses Cy Denneny, the previous record holder with 248. Morenz finishes his NHL career with 271. 1967: Rookie Wayne Rutledge makes 21 saves for his first […]

December 17: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 17 NHL History 1924: The NHL has the first 0-0 tie in its eight-year history. Goaltenders Jake Forbes of the Hamilton Tigers and Alec Connell of the Ottawa Senators are perfect through three periods of regulation time and a 20-minute overtime period. 1935: It’s a milestone night for five original New York Rangers. Bill Cook, Bun Cook, Frank […]

December 13: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 13 NHL History 1958: Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings scores his 400th NHL goal in a 2-2 tie against the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum. Howe beats goaltender Jacques Plante at 9:46 of the third period for the tying goal, joining Montreal’s Maurice Richard as the only players in NHL history to reach 400. Wayne Gretzky has his own […]

December 10: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 10 NHL History 1924: The NHL’s first game featuring two Montreal-based teams is played, with the first-year Maroons facing the Canadiens. The Canadiens win 5-0 at the Forum behind four goals by Aurel Joliat and the ninth NHL shutout by goaltender Georges Vezina. 1969: At age 45, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Johnny Bower plays his final NHL game; it’s […]

December 9: This Day in NHL History

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Dec. 9 NHL History 1933: Howie Morenz of the Montreal Canadiens ties Cy Denneny as the NHL’s all-time leading goal-scorer. Morenz scores the 246th goal of his NHL career in a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers at the Forum. 1956: Gordie Howe scores his 324th NHL goal, tying Nels Stewart for second on the League’s all-time list, in the […]

December 6: This Day in NHL History

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December 6 NHL History 1987: If a five-goal night can be a ho-hum occurrence for anyone, it’s Wayne Gretzky. He scores three times in the first period, and once each in the second and third, to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Minnesota North Stars 10-4 at Northlands Coliseum. It’s the fourth five-goal game of Gretzky’s NHL career, the […]

December 1: This Day in NHL History

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December 1 NHL History 1924: The NHL makes its debut in the United States when the Boston Bruins play their first game, a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Maroons at Boston Arena. Smokey Harris and Carson Cooper score in the second period for Boston after Montreal takes the lead when Chuck Dinsmore beats Hec Fowler midway through the […]