This date in hockey history November

This Day In Hockey History

On November 1 1959 Jacques Plante became the first NHL goalie to use a full facemask. Plante had been hit in the face that night against the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden. Play was delayed for 20 minutes while Plante's face was sewn up because teams in that era didn't have backup goaltenders. Coach Toe Blake was infuriated when Plante refused to go back into the game withouit wearing a facemask but relented when Plante agreed to wear the mask only until his injuries healed. While wearing the mask, Plante led Montreal on an 18 game unbeaten streak but lost the first game he played after removing the mask. Blake knew he had lost this confrontation with his star goalie and the mask became part of hockey history. Plante and the Candiens finished the season winning their fifth straight Stanley Cup championship.

On November 1 1976 Montreal Canadiens defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 beginning a 34 game home unbeaten streak (28 wins and 6 ties) which remains an NHL record. He streak ended only with the end of the regular season the last game being an 11-0 defeat of the Washington Capitals. The streak continues into the next season and ended on October 29, 1977 at 37 games with a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

The 1976-77 Canadiens finished 60-8-12 for an astonishing 132 points. The Candiens lost only one home game that season and it was to their chief rival the hated Boston Bruins. The team did not lose another home game for 364 days.

November 1 1969 Tahir Domi was born in Belle River Ontario. More commonly known as Tie Domi, over his career he accumulated the third highest penalty minute total in NHL history, 3515 in 1020 games. As a Toronto Maple Leaf he accumulated more penalty minutes that any other player in Maple Leafs history.

Domi's parents were born in Albania and fled the communist country after WW II for a better life in Canada. Domi climbed the ladder in junior hockey from the Jr. C Belle River Canadiens of the Great Lakes Junior C League to the Jr. B Windsor Bulldogs of the Western Jr. B League to the Jr. A Peterborough Roadrunners of the Metro Jr. A League and the OHL Peterborough Petes. With 292 penalty minutes for the Petes in 1987-88 the reputation of Tie Domi the enforcer began to grow.

Domi was drafted by the Leafs in the second round in 1988, 27th overall but only played two games for them somehow accumulating 42 penalty minutes. He was traded to the New York Rangers where he spent two seasons and 12 games of a third year when he was traded to Winnipeg during the 1992-93 season. Domi was traded back to the Leafs in 1995.

Tie Domi's Greatest Hits:

1995-96 Suspended eight games for sucker punching Rangers Ulf Samuelsson which was called by some one of the cheapest shots in league history.

1997-98 His 395 penalty minutes set a new Leafs single season record previously held by Dave “Tiger” Williams

2001-01 Fined $1,000 for an altercation with a fan in Philadelphia. While serving a penalty Domi was being heckled by a fan. Domi sprayed the fan from a water bottle. Another fan joined the altercation and climbed up on the glass separating the penalty area from the seats when the glass and the fan toppled into the penalty box. Domi was quoted after the game, “It's nice to see the fans get involved, I guess.”

May 3, 2001 During game four of the Eastern Conference semi finals, Domi knocked Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer unconscious with an elbow to the head incurring a five minute attempt to injure penalty and a suspension for the duration of the playoffs.

Domi scored his 100th career goal and played in his 1,000th career game om March 3rd during the 2005-06 season. On March 10th Domi was a healthy scratch. He was so unhappy with his benching that he didn't arrive at the game until the second period had ended. The Leafs bought out his conratc at the end of the season ending Domi's NHL career.

November 2, 1947 After only six games of the 1947-48 season Chicago traded star forward Max Bentley along with Cy Thomas in a blockbuster deal to the Toronto Maple Leafs for five players; Bob Goldham, Ernie Dickens, Gaye Stewart, Gus Bodnar and Bud Poile. While the deal gave the Leafs the all time best bcenter ice corps in NHL history, Ted Kennedy, Syl Apps and Bentley and sparked a pair of Stanley Cup championships for Toronto in 1948 and 1949, after the trade both Poile (52 points) and Stewart (55 points) outsccored Bentley (48 points).

November 2 1978 After playing only eight games and scoring six points with the WHA Indianapolis Racers, Wayne Gretzky was sold to the Edmonton Oilers along with Ed Mio and Peter Driscoll. Gretzky was named the WHA rookie of the year with 104 points in 72 games.

November 3 1948 Gordie Howe appeared in his first fo 23 NHL all star games. That's right, Gordie Howe Appeared in 23 NHL all star games. In those days the all stars played the defending Stanley Cup champions in a preseason game. The all stars defeated theToronto Maple Leafs 3-1 that night.

November 3 1987 Marcel Dionne scored a goal for the New York Rangers becoming the second NHL player to tally 1,700 career points. Of course Gordie Howe was the NHL's first 1,700 point scorer.

November 3 2002, Mark Messier reached second place on the NHL career games played list passing Larry Murphy. Messier finished his NHL career with 1,756 games played, only 11 games fewer than Gordie Howe. Messier is also second in career points, only 970 points behind Wayne Gretzky

November 4 1987 Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky and New York Ranger Marcel Dionne faced off against each other tied with 998 career assists. Gretzky had two assists to reach 1,000 for his career in only his 645th game, and added three goals for his 46th career hattrick. Marcel picked up one assist to reach 999.

November 4, 1998 The San Jose Sharks scored four goals on nine shots to defeat the Dallas Stars 4-0. This was the lowest total shots on goal ever recorded by a winning team in NHL history. Mike Vernon made 21 saves for his 19th career shutout.

November 4, 2003 Mark Messier passed Gordie Howe for second place in NHL career scoring by scoring a pair of goals in a 3-0 victory against Dallas to reach 1,851 career points. Messier finished his career with 1,887 points, trailing Wayne Gretzky by 970.

On this day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, November 4, 1917, Pete Langelle was born in Winnipeg Manitoba. Langelle scored the biggest goal in Toronto's franchise history. In 1942 The Leafs trailed the Redwings 3-0 in the Stanley Cup finals then won four straight times to win the Stanley Cup with Langelle scoring the cup winning goal in game seven. His cup winner was the last goal of his career.

November 4: On this day in 1924, Leaf Howie Meeker was born in Kitchener, Ontario. Meeker played eight seasons in the NHL, all with the Maple Leafs between 1946 and 1953. In 346 games, he registered 83 goals and 102 assists. He was a solid playoff contributor as well and helped the Leafs win four Stanley Cups in his career. In January of 1947, Meeker became the first rookie in NHL history to record five goals in one game. It helped him secure the Calder trophy as rookie of the year. Howie Meeker also coached the Leafs for one complete season in 1956-57 but the team missed the playoffs with a record of 21-34-15. Meeker was then promoted to GM but fired before the season even started.

Howie was an innovative analyst on Hockey Night in Canada in the 1970's and 80's analyzing plays in detail using a telestrator to show his points on replays. Meeker is the last surviving member of the Leafs 1947 championship team.

November 5, 1955 Jean Beliveau's scoring prowess effected a change in NHL rules when he scored all four goals as Montreal defeated Boston 4-2. Beliveau scored three power play goals in the game, all of them coming in a span of just 44 seconds on the same 2:00 power play! In that era all minor penalties were served in their entirety. The NHL subsequently changed that rule, terminating a minor penalty after a power play goal is scored. Bert Olmsetad assisted on all of Beliveu's power play goals, the second fastest three assists in NHL history.
November 5, 1979 The Montreal Canadiens extended their undefeated streak against the Washington Capitals to 34-0-2 with a 2-0 victory.

October 5, 1900 All time great Maple Leaf goaltender Lorne Chabot was born in Montreal. He had 12 shutouts in 1928-29 his first season as a Leaf. In 1932 Chabot led the Leafs to a Stanley Cup championship playing all seven playoff games. He also won the cup with the Rangers is 1928. Chabot led the NHL with a 1.80 GAA winning the Vezina Trophy in 1935.

On November 6 1948 Bill Durnan and the Montreal Canadiens shutout the Detroit Red Wings 2-0. Durnan played only seven seasons in the NHL but won six Vezina trophies and two Stanley Cup championships. During the 1947-48 season Durnan served as captain of the Canadiens. Teams complained that he left his net so often to argue calls with officials that he was giving his team an unfair advantage with these defacto timeouts. As a result, the NHL made a rule preventing goaltenders from serving as team captain. Durnan was an ambidexterous goalie and wore special that permitted him to hold his stick and catch the puck with either hand.

Durnan finished his career with a record of 208 wins and 112 losses and a 2.36 GAA. In the playoffs he went 27-12 with a pair of shutouts. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1964.

On this date in hockey history, November 6 1983 Wayne Gretzky scored four goals and set up three for a seven point game when Edmonton beat Winnipeg 8-5.

On November 6, 1988 Wayne Gretzky became the third player in NHL history to reach 1,700 career points when he tallied a pair of goals and a helper as Los Angeles beat Chicago 5-3. Gretzky accomplished this feat in only 711 games.

On this date in hockey history, November 7 1982, Gilbert Perreault scored his 400th career goal. In their inagural season, the expansion Buffalo Sabres chose Gil with the first overall pick in the 1970 NHL amateur draft. Scotty Bowman once called him "The greatest junior player ever". Perreault had captained the Montreal Junior Canadiens to the Memorial Cup championship in 1970 and was a true superstar in every sense of that word. Legendary hockey writer Frank Orr wrote in the mid 1970's that there were only four superstars in the NHL, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur and Gilbert Perreault. Perreault was accorded the high honor of great NHL players in the 1970's, being loudly booed every time he touched the puck at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. During a 1975 Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of a Montreal Buffalo playoff game, Broadcaster Dick Irvin asked Danny Gallivan if Perreault was a faster skater than the legendary Howie Morenz. Gallivan responded, "Probably but remember Morenz is 80 years old.

November 7 1925 the NHL announced the institution of it's first salary cap, each team would be limited to $35,000. Would that even pay for an assistant trainer today? Lionel Conacher of the Pittsburgh Pirate s and Dunc Munro of the Montreal Maroons were the leagues highest paid players at $7500. Billy Burch of the New York Americans was the next highest paid player at $6500.

November 7, 1968 – Red Berenson of the St. Louis Blues set a modern NHL record for most goals in a single game with six scores in an 8-0 win over Philadelphia. A guy named Howe who played for the Detroit Red Wings was the last NHL player to score six in one game, that being Syd Howe who did it in 1944.

On this date in hockey history, November 7, 1975, following an 8-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins General Manager Harry Sinden made a blockbuster trade sending Phil Esposito to the New York Rangers getting Jean Rattelle and Brad Park in return. With Bobby Orr's injuries and demise as a hockey player, Sinden sought out another superstar defenseman. Harry always liked having the leagues best d-man and Park was his target. The Rangers demanded a replacement for Park so the Bruins also sent Carol Vadnais to Manhattan along with Espo. When coach Don Cherry and Bobby Orr came to see Phil in his hotel room to tell him about the trade, Espo knew what was coming. He said "If you tell me I've been traded to the Rangers, I'm going to jump out the window. Cherry replied, "Bobby, get away from the window." That evening, Esposito scored two goals and an assist for the Rangers in a 7-5  loss to the California Golden Seals.

November 7 1925, The NHL announced that the Hamilton Tigers would be dropped from the league. The Tigers has finished at the top of yhe NHL standings for the 1924-25 season with a 19-10-1 record and were a favorite to win the Stanley Cup. However the players went on strike. The NHL had increased the schedule from 24 top 30 games but player salaries stayed the same. The players demanded to be paid for the extra games the NHL had added to the schedule. League President Frank Calder responded by warning the players that they would be suspended if they refused to play in the finals and replaced by Ottawa the fourth place team. Meanwhile third place Montreal defetaed second place Torotno St. Patricks. Calder then declared Montreal the league champion and fined the Hamilton players. The NHL revoked the Hamilton franchise on September 22nd and the Hamilton players were purchased by the expansion New York Americans.


On this date in hockey history, November 8 1924, John Kiszkan was born. Of Ukranian descent, he served in the Canadian army in WWII, then played junior hockey for Prince Albert before carving out a career as a professional. He played for 11 season in the AHL primarily for the Cleveland Barons, winning three championships. During his first year with Cleveland, he changed his name to Bower to make it easier for the sportwriters. His career highlights included winning three consectutive Stanley Cup championships with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1962, 1963 and 1964 with another in 1967 where he split goaltending duties with Terry Sawchuck.

November 8, 1952 Maurice Richard set the NHL record for career goals when he scored his 325th goal in a 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. This was ten years after “The Rocket” scored his first NHL goal. He passed Nels Stewart who had scored 234 times.

November 8 1963 Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto became the first NHL arena to use separate penalty boxes and doors for each team. The previous week two players, Bob Pulford of Toronto and Terry Harper of Montreal had been given major penalties for fighting and then fought again in the shared penalty box. What's surprising is that didn't happen more often.

November 8, 1934, St. Louis hosted it's first NHL game as the transplanted Ottawa Senators now the St. Louis Eagles hosted the Chicago Black Hawks who were not exactly gracious guests defeating their hosts 3-1. The Eagles folded after one season which they finished 11-31-6.

A total of 29 different players suited up for the 1934-35 St. Louis Eagles. The last active Eagles player was Bill Cowley, who retired in 1947. Wearing patriotic red white and blue uniforms the team played in front of solid crowds at the St. Louis Arena. The Eagles were led offensively by Carl Voss and his team leading 31 points, team captain Syd Howe would lead the club with 14 goals, despite being traded to the Detroit Red Wings late in the season, while Glen Brydson would finish 2nd in team scoring with 29 points.

The once-proud Senators/Eagles franchise never took the ice again, and remain one of two NHL teams to fold after winning a Stanley Cup (the other being the Maroons). In 1938, the Montreal Maroons attempted to move to St. Louis. They were denied by the NHL due to the high travel costs that plagued the Eagles.

The 1934â€"35 NHL season was the 18th season of the National Hockey League. Nine teams each played 48 games. The Montreal Maroons were the Stanley Cup winners

On this date in hockey history, November 9 1957, Claude Provost of the Montreal Canadiens set the NHL record for the fastest goal from the start of a period when he scored in the second period against the Boston Bruins. The record was tied by Chicago Black Hawk Denis Savard on Januuary 12, 1986. Provost won the Stanley Cup nine times during his career with Montreal. Today is induction day for the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2015 induction class so it is interesting to note that Claude Provost is the only player who played on a Stanley Cup championship team at least eight times who is not a member of the Hall of Fame.

On this day in hockey history, November 9, 1996 Craig MacTavish of the St. Louis Blues became the last helmetless player In the NHL to score a goal when the Blues beat Calgary 3-2. McTavish palyed 16 seasons in the NHL was exempt from the rule requiring NHL players to wear helmets because he played before the rule was adopted in the 1979-80 season. Those players were allowed to choose to not wear a helmet but had to sign a waiver releasing the league and teams from liability for injuries related to playing bare headed. At the time of his retirement Mctavish siad he chose to play without a helmet because he felt comfortable and that was lucky he didn't get seriously hurt.

On this date in hockey history, November 9, 1973, Detroit Red Wings great Alex Delvecchio ended his 24 year NHL careeer with the Detroit Red Wings when he announced his retirement. He played his entire career with the Red Wings playing 1,549 games scoring 456 goals and 825 assists during the second longest NHL career at that time.

On this date in hockey history, November 10 1986 the legendary Francis Michael “King” Clancy passed away. Clancy was nicknamed King after his father who played football for Ottawa in an era when the ball was not snapped but rather “heeled” backward from the line of scrimmage. Clancy's father was known as the “King of the heelers” and this was eventually shortened to King.

Clancy played for his hometwon Ottawa Senators where he was part of Stanley Cup winning teams in 1933 and 1937. On March 3. 1933 Clancy became the first NHL player to play all six positions in a game. During a Stanley Cup game against the Edmonton Eskimos Ottawa goalie Clint Benedict took a two minute penalty. In those days goalies were required to serve their own penalty time. So Clancy went into the net while Benedict served his penalty.

Following his strong 1929-30 season wher he went 17-23-40 in 44 games, Clancy was sold to the Toronto Maple Leafs with Conn Smythe paying $35,000 and sending two players to Ottawa. Clancy and the Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1932. Clancy briefly coached the Montreal Maroons then embarked on an 11 year career as an NHL referee.

He then coached Montreal's Cincinnati Mohawks farm team for two seasons before rejoining the Leafs as coach of their AHL team the Pittsburgh Hornets. Clancy was successful coaching the Hornets who won the AHL title in 1952 and lost in the finals in seven games in 1953.

Clancy was then promoted to coach the Leafs in 1953-54 but had little success in three years at the helm. Conn Smythe appointed him assistant GM where his duties involved chiefly public relations. The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted Clancy as a member in 1958.

Clancy continued as assistant GM in the 1960's with Punch Imlach as GM. He was promoted to vice president after Imlach was fired and had stated that he would also leave the organization. Clancy and Leafs owner Harold Ballard became close friends during the 1970's and watched games from Ballards “bunker” at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Clancy was 83 years old when he passed away from septic shock following gall bladder surgery. He was the last surviving member of the 1922-23 Stanley Cup champion Ottawa Senators. Clancy spents 65 years in professional hockey including 42 with the Maple Leafs. Former Leaf Hap Day had once said that Conn Smythe and Ballard had both paid Clancy to do nothing. His passing was mourned by many and the King Clancy Memorial Award was created in his honor.

November 10, 1963, Gordie Howe passed Maurice “The Rocket” Richard to become the NHL's all time leading goal scorer with his 545th career goal. Ironically Howe scored the goal in a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, Richards former team. Howe finished with 801 career regular season NHL goals and 68 playoff goals. In the WHA he added 174 regular season goals and 28 playoff goals for a total of 1071 major league professional goals. In the NHL he had an incredible 22 consecutive seasons with 23 or more goals, adding five more WHA seasons with 25 or more goals, that makes 27 straight seasons.

On this day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, November 11, 1981, defenseman Ian Turnbull became a west coast resident when Toronto traded him to the Los Angeles Kings. The kings sent former Toronto Marlboro Billy Harris and former Niagara Falls Flyer John Gibson. Thirty one days later, Turnbull became the only LA defenseman to score four goals in a game. Turnbull also set the Toronto record with five goals in one game in a 9-1 victory over Detroit in 1977. He scored the five goals on only five shots, the only player in NHL history to accomplish that feat. Turnbull played ten NHL seasons the and formed a formidable offensive punch from Toronto's bluleine with teammate Broje Salming in the 1970's. In the 1976-77 season Turnbull posted a career high of 79 points on 22 goals and 57 assists and a plus 47.

On this date in hockey history, November 11, 1943, the first empty net goal in NHL history was scored. Coach Art Ross of the Boston Bruins introduced his innovative strategy of pulling his goaltender for an extra attacker late in the game trailing the Chicago Black Hawks 5-4. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Chicago's Clint Smith scored into the empty net. This wasn't the first time Ross and the Bruins tried this strategy, that was March 21st 1931 against Montreal in game two of their Stanley Cup playoff series. The Bruins lost that game 5-4 with no empty net goal scored.

On this date in hockey history, November 11, 1986, Dino Ciccarelli set the modern NHL record for fastest 20 goals to start a season when he dented the twine twice in his 15th game. He finished the season with 52 goals and 103 points. In 1981-82 Ciccarelli started the season with 20 goals in the North Stars first 23 games, finishing with 55 goals and 106 points.

Dino played for the Sarnia Jr B team in 1975-76 as a 15 year old and led the team with 45 goals and 88 points. He is one of two Sarnia Jr. B players in the hockey Hall of Fame, the other being Phil Esposito who led the Legionnaires in scoring in 1961 with 47 goals 61 assists and 108 points in only 32 games..

Dino broke his leg playing junior hockey for the London Knights and had a pin put in. As a result he was never drafted. Minnesota signed him as a free agent and he went on to score 608 career goals, a record for a draft eligible player who was never drafted. Of course Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe don't qualify for this honor because neither player was ever draft eligible.

On this date in hockey history, November 11, 1930, the first NHL game hosted by Philadelphia was played. Yes that.s correct, 1930 when the Philadelphia Quakers lost 3-0 to the New York Rangers. The Quakers folded after that season having posted an unispiring reord of 4-36-4.

On this date in hockey history, November 11, 1981, Bobby Smith scored four goals for the Minnesota North Stars as the Winnipeg Jets suffered an embarassing expansion team defeat by a 15-2 score. That's nearly a months worth of goals for some NHL teams today.

Smith spent three seasons playing junior for the Ottawa 67's before he was drafted 1st overall by the North Stars in 1978. While playing for Ottawa , Smith accomplished something in the 1977-78 season which very few players were ever able to do, he relegated Wayne Gretzky to 2nd place in OHA scoring when Smith posted 69-123-192 numbers while Gretzky had “only” 70-112-182.

In his honor, the Ontario Hockey League awards the Bobby Smith Trophy annually to the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year who best combines high standards of play and academic excellence.
Connor McDavid (below) won the award in back to back seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

On this date in hockey history, November 11 1926, Harry “Apple Cheeks” Lumley was born in Owen Sound Ontario. His nickname was given because his face turned red when he was embarassed. As a young amateur he played for a team called the Owen Sound Orphans so nicknamed because they couldn't find a sponsor.

Lumley engineered an improvement in the effectiveness of goaltenders leg pads by making a pocket at shin level so pucks would drop straight on the ice instead of deflecting off them to an opponent.
Lumley won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 1950 with a 1.85 GAA in 14 games including three shutouts. But the Wings traded him to Chicago after re-acquiring Terry Sawchuck.. Chicago traded him to Toronto for the 1953-54 season where he won the Vezina Trophy with a 1.86 GAA and was the NHL first team all star. He posted 13 shutouts which stood as a modern NHL single season record until Tony Esposito had 15 in the 1969-70 season.

On this date in hockey history, November 12 1931, Maple Leaf Gardens made its debut as the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs Opening night tickets ranged in price from $2.75 for the best seats to $0.95 nose bleed seats. A sellout crowd of 13,233 saw the Leafs lose 2-1 to the Chicago Black Hawks. Charlie Conacher scored the first Leafs goal in their new building but Chicago's Harold March scored the first goal in Gardens history.

Leafs owner Conn Smythe had privately financed the arena and had it bulit in five months during the great depression. Smythe and his investors had purchased the Toronto St. Patricks and re named them the Maple Leafs. The Gardens brought good fortune as the Leafs won their third Stanley Cup that season and was the Leafs home arena until 1999 when the team moved to the Air Canada Center.

The Leafs sold out evrery game at the Gardens from 1946 to 1999, earning the nickname “The Carlton Street Cashbox”. It was the only arean to host the Beatles on evry one their North American tours in 1964, 1965 and 1966. Elvis Presely (see picture below of Elvis at MLG) played one of his few concerts at outside of the United States at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1957.

In 1968 under Leafs owner Harold Ballard, the Gardens seating capacity had grown to 16,485 primarily by narrowing the width of the seats. Leafs founder Conn Smythe famously said that the seats were so narrow that only a young man can sit in them and onlt a fat rich man can afford them.

Conn Smythe resigned from the Gardens board of directors in 1966 when Ballard booked a Cassius Clay fight into the Gardens. Smythe was a WWII veteran and he objected to Clays status as a draft dodger in the U.S. And criticized the Gardens for putting “Cash ahead of class”.

“The fight had been kicked out of every place in the U.S. because Clay is a draft dodger and a disgrace to his country. The Gardens was founded by men, sportsmen, who fought for their country. It is no place for those who want to evade conscription in their own country. The Gardens was built for many things, but not for picking up things that no one else wants"

In 1979 Ballard had the Gardens historic gondola where Foster Hewitt had pioneered hockey broadcasting torn down and incinerated to make room for new private boxes. The Toronto Star ran an editorial criticizing Ballard's "barbaric destruction of one of Canada's great cultural monuments,”

On this date in hockey history November 12, 1931, Canadian culture would never be the same as Foster Hewitt began his Saturday night radio broadcasts which introduced Hockey Night in Canada to Canadians “From coast to coast and in Newfoundland.” Broadcasting from the gondola just installed above the ice surface Foster Hewitt's broadcasts made the Toronto players famous and the Leafs became Canada's favorite team.

On this date in hockey history, November 12, 1950, Gilbert Perreault was born in Victoriaville Quebec. He spent 17 years in the NHL all with the Buffalo Sabres who drafted him first overall in the 1970 amateur draft. Perreault won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1971 and the Lady Byng Trophy in 1973. Perreault scored 512 goals and 814 assists for 1326 points in 1191 games.

Perreeault was one of the most skilled players to ever play hockey with blazing speed and dazzling stick handling dekes that often found him skating around defenders as if they were pylons. Bobby Orr called Perreault the best player he ever played against. Wayne Gretzky wore number 11 in youth hockey because of Perreault. Bobby Clarke in a nod to Perreault's skills said that Gilbert was born ten years too early because had he played in his prime years during the high scoring 1980's “... he would have blown the league apart.” But Perreualt's career always seemed less than it should have been.

Perreault was villified in the Canadian press for walking out on Team Canada in mid series in 1972. Canada's coach Harry Sinden revealed in his book on that series that he begged Perreault to stay becaue Gil, Yvan Cournoyer and Paul Henderson were the only three Canadian players who could skate with the Soviets. Some felt that Sinden got his revenge by having Perreault excluded from the 1973 NHL all star game when his Bruins coach Tom Johnson failed to add Perreault to the lineup even though he was a top 5 scorer in the league and his linemates Rick Martin and Rene Robert were on the eastern conference all star team.

Gilbert had the misfortune of playing in his prime years during an era when Phil Esposito, eight times, Bobby Clarke, four times, and Marcel Dionne, four times, dominated the all star voting at center so it was difficullt for Perreault to garner official post season all star status although he was named to the second team twice in 1976 and 1977. While Clarke won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP three times and Esposito was NHL MVP twice, Perreault won the Sabres MVP award only one time, as a rookie in 1970-71.

While the late 1970's Sabres were a legitimate NHL power, other than the trip to the finals in 1975 their playoff results were dissapointing early exits while rivals Boston and Montreal dominated and the Islanders built their future dynasty.

Perreault was the classic French Canadian hockey star in the style of Jean Beliveau, his idol as a young player growing up in Quebec. But Gil was overshadowed during his career by other French Canadien stars like Guy Lafleur who won a Stanley Cup championship five times with three scoring titles, two MVP's and three Lester Pearson Trophies voted by his rivals as the best player.and Marcel Dionne who scored 713 career goals and 1771 poinst along with two Pearson Awards, two scoring titles and four all star selections at center.

Perreault considered leaving the Sabres after his second season and was having contract talks with Quebec of the WHA but resigned with the Sabres. There were rumours of a trade to Toronto involving Darryl Sittler but that never came to fruition. Perreault retired for the first time in 1986 but returned when the NHL improved pension benefits for players who played at meast 20 games in the 1986-87 season. He then retired after scoring 16 points in 20 games stating that he didn't feel that he could play anymore at his former level but having qualified for the new pension benefits. The Hockey News quoted Perreault as saying, “My career could have been better.”

In 1997 the Hockey News ranked Perreault as the 47th greatest NHL player ever.

On this date in hockey history, November 13 1934, Scotty Bowman made NHL history when he scored the first penalty shot goal in league play. It was the first goal of his career. No, it wasn't Stanley Cup winning coach William Scott Bowman but rather Ralph “Scotty” Bowman who played seven seasons in the NHL with the St. Louis Eagles, Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings winning the Stanley Cup twice with Detroit in 1936 and 1937.

On this date in hockey history, November 13 1975, John Marks of the Chicago Black Hawks scored twice within 33 seconds of the opening faceoff in a 5-5 tie against the Philadelphia Flyers. His hot start set an NHL record for fastest two goals from the start of a game.

On this date in hockey history, November 13, 1941,The Brooklyn Americans played their first NHL game. The team had been known as the New York Americans but changed their name. Here is their story from NYMAG.com

During yesterday's press conference announcing that the Islanders would move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center in 2015, commissioner Gary Bettman made reference to the 1941–42 Brooklyn Americans, an NHL team that had been known as the New York Americans and continued to play its games at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan even after the name change. They practiced in Brooklyn and had hoped to build an arena there eventually, but the 1941–42 season would be the franchise's last. Said Bettman of that Brooklyn arena plan yesterday: "It got sidetracked then, but 70 years later, the NHL is here with the New York Islanders."

When Bettman says the plans were "sidetracked," of course, he means they were sidetracked by World War II. In their book, Metro Ice, about hockey's history in the New York area, local puck expert Stan Fischler and co-author Tom Sarro explain that Red Dutton, the manager/coach of the New York Americans, had decided in the late-thirties to move the team to Brooklyn.

See, the Amerks actually predated the New York Rangers by a season, but they would quickly become Madison Square Garden's other team. The Americans' original owner, the bootlegger Bill Dwyer, was helpless to keep a second NHL team from playing in its home arena because the fine print in his contract didn't prevent the Garden from bringing one in. And so, after the Americans successfully drew fans in their first season, 1925–26, the Garden realized it could make even more money with a team of its own. And thus the city's second NHL team, the Rangers, was born. (How quickly (How quickly did pro hockey become popular enough in New York for the Garden to want its own team? Fischler and Sarro explain that Tex Rickard's original blueprints for Madison Square Garden III, which opened in 1925, didn't include plans for an ice plant. Will arena owners never learn that they should should plan for hockey?)

From Metro Ice:

Fed up with the second-class treatment accorded his team at the Garden, Dutton had decided as early as 1939 to build a new arena in Brooklyn that would not only compete with the Garden but would be home to his Americans. "I've always regarded Brooklyn as one of the finest sports centers in the world," he said. "The way the fans support the baseball and football Dodgers convinced me that they would be just as rabid for hockey."

Dutton's Hockey Hall of Fame bio page explains thathat he personally arranged for $7 million in financing to build a new arena. But as Fischler and Sarro write, the outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939 meant that steel for the new building was unavailable, so plans for the arena would have to wait until after the war. In the meantime, though, he went ahead and changed the name of the team anyway to the Brooklyn Americans, even though they'd continue to call the Garden home. (You can check out their snazzy red, white, and blue uniformshere.) Via Metro Ice, the Americans did at least practice in Brooklyn, at the Brooklyn Ice Palace on Atlantic Avenue near Bedford, about a mile down the road from where the Barclays Center is now located. Dutton himself moved to Brooklyn along with his wife, and several of the team's players relocated there as well.

In the franchise's one season as the Brooklyn Americans, it finished with a record of 16-29-3, and its 35 points put it in last place among the  among the league's seven teams, meaning they'd miss out on the six-team playoffs. Defenseman Tom Anderson led the team in scoring with 41 points in 48 games, while winger Norm Larson led the team with sixteen goals.

And while Dutton still planned on building that arena in Brooklyn once the war was over, the Americans franchise wouldn't survive long enough for it to happen. From Metro Ice:

Had the war not erupted when it did, there is every reason to believe that Dutton could have rejuvenated the Americans. With a promising young nucleus, headed by future Hall of Famer Chuck Rayner, the Amerks were about a year away from being a playoff contender and a team with a promising future in Brooklyn. But service enlistments ravaged their roster.

Meanwhile, Fischler and Sarro explain, the Garden wanted the Americans out of the building, believing their 24 home dates could be better used for other events. And so, after the season, the NHL decided the franchise could no longer compete, and its owners voted to shut the team down indefinitely. Dutton returned home to his family's construction company in Calgary, and yet, the dream of a Brooklyn arena remained alive: He was promised by three owners (Montreal, Chicago, and Detroit) that he could revive the franchise after the war and proceed with his plan to move into a new arena in Brooklyn. Dutton would go on to serve as NHL president from 1943 until 1946, and as president, evenfloated the idea that the league could one day expand to fifteen teams divided into three divisions. But when he met with the league governors in 1946 to welcome his successor as president, Clarence Campbell, and try to bring back the Americans, it didn't go as he'd hoped. The Garden wasn't in favor of reviving the franchise, and the Maple Leafs and Bruins sided with the Rangers. The Amerks were dead, this time for good.

In their book, Fischler and Sarro point to an interview Dutton gave to Toronto author Trent Frayne more than a quarter-century after meeting with the league governors in 1946. Recalled Dutton:

"I looked around the room and nobowas looking at me. I got the message. 'Gentlemen,' I said to the governors. 'You can stick your franchise up your ass.' I gathered my papers and left."

The NHL would remain at six teams — the so-called "Original Six' until 1967.

On this date in hockey history, November 13, 1987, The Minnesota North Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-4. Dino Ciccarelli scored his 267th and 268th career goals in that game becoming the North Stars franchise leader in career goals scored.

On this date in hockey history, November 13 1984, Bernie Nichols and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Quebec Nordiques 5-4 in overtime thanks to a four goal game from Bernie Nichols who scored a goal in all four periods of the game becoming the first NHL player to do so.

On this date in hockey history, November 13, 1947, on the advice of Frank Patrick, the NHL legislated a rule that goal scorers raise their sticks when they score a goal. This policy was implemented so that fans who couldn't see the puck in the net would know that a goal had been scored. The Montreal Canadiens Billy Reay was the first player to raise his stick after a goal. The strangest goal celebrastion of all time must belong to Petr Klima who broke his stick after each goal he scored.

On this day in hockey history, November 14, 1936 King Clancy scored the ;last goal of his NHL career on a penalty shot during a 6-2 win by the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Chicago BlackHawks.

On this date in hockey history, November 14, 1998, Brett Hull reached 1,000 career points when he had a three point game. This made Brett and Bobby Hull the first father son combination to each reach 1,000 career NHL points.

On this date in hockey history, November, 14 2001, Patrick Roy won his 200th game with the Colorado Rockies becoming the first NHL goaltender to win 200 games with two different teams.

On this date in hockey history, November 14, 1985 The Philadelphia Flyers held a pregame ceremony to mourn the loss of goaltender Pelle Lindbergh who had died in an automobile crash on November 11th.

On this date in Boston Bruins history, November 14 1971, the Boston Bruins defeated the Los Angeles Kings 11-2. Phil Esposito led the way with five points with Gerry Cheevers in goal. This was the first game in Cheevers 32 game unbeaten streak where he won 24 games with eight ties.

On this day in hockey history, November 15, 1995, Alex Hicks scored a goal on his first shot in his first game as an NHL player. He finished the game with two gaols and an assist. What makes Hicks feat interesting is that He was one of the rare group of players from RHI (Roller Hockey International) to graduate to the NHL. Hicks and his Toledo Storm teammates won the ECHL title in 1993 and many of them joined coach Chris McSorley and travelled down the thruway to Buffalo in the summer of 1994 to play for the RHI Buffalo Stampede where they also won the championship. Two other Toledo/Stampede Alumni eventaully garduated to the NHL, Tony Martin and Sasha Lakovic. Lakovic portrayed Soviet hockey star Boris Mikhailov in the 1994 move Miracle.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, November 15 1918, the only dentist ever called in to play an NHL game was born in Port Elgin New Brunswick. Bobby Copp was brought in by The Leafs to play two games on October 21st and 22nd in 1950 when the Leafs were short players due to injuries. During the 1942-43 season Copp had played 38 games for the Leafs. The Leafs won both games that he played in on emregnecy fill in. Dr. Copp was a WWII veteran who practiced dentistry for 58 years. He passed away in Ottawa on December 12, 2006.

On this day in hockey history, November 15, 1973, Bobby Orr set an NHL record for most points in one game by a defenseman when he scored a power play hat trick, three power play goals, and added four assists for seven points in a 10-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

On this date in hockey history, November 15, 1972, Steve Vickers of the New York Rangers scored his second consecutive hat trick becoming the first NHL player to ever score hat trick in consecutive games. Both hat tricks were scored at Madison Square Garden, the first on November 12 1972 against the Los Angeles Kings. Vickers was playing on the “Bulldog Line” with Walt Tkaczuk and Bill Fairbarn, a line known for strong two way play. “On the first hat trick, it was a Sunday night, I just went to the net three times late in the game and the puck found it's way to me each time from Walt or Bill. On the second hat trick I had two in the second and one in the third, I didn't know I was making history. They didn't keep stats then like they do now. About a month after I got the second hat trick they told me I was the first one to have ever done it. The big thing is that it established me as a player. It proved to me that I could play in the league,” Vickers won rookie of the year that season scoring 30 goals and 23 assists for 53 points in 61 games.

On this date in hockey history, November 15 1967, J.P. Parise played his first and only game as a Maple Leaf. He had one assist as the Leafs downed the Boston Bruins 4-2. Toronto gave up on him too early as he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars where he begame an all-star over the next several years. Parise is most remembered for the pivotal role he played for Team Canada in the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series, striking fear in the incompetent officials. In his NHL career, Parise registered 238 goals and 356 assists. He also tallied 58 playoff points in 86 playoff games. His son is NHL left-winger Zach Parise.

On this date in hockey history, November 16, 1926, Rookie Eddie Shore made his NHL debut as the Boston Bruins opened their third NHL season with a 4-1 win over the Canadiens. Shore is regarded as one of the greatest players ever but is he also hockeys most underrated player? He won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP four times, more than Bobby Orr. Only Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe won the Hart more times than Shore. But Shore isn't regarded as a candidate for best defenseman, often ranked behind Orr (obviously) and Doug Harvey among others. He was ranked only 10th on the Hockey News list of 100 best players but was the highest ranked pre WWII player.

Shore was an NHL all star eight times, including seven first team selections. But for the first five years of Shores career, the NHL didn't select an all star team, so Shore probably would have been a 13 time all star. Shore was the first of the great puck rushing defensemen but was also a stalwart defensively and was renkowned for his tough physical play.

He once had his ear severed while throwing a body check, then resisted several doctors who wanted to amputate until he found one who would sew the ear back in place. He refused anesthetic and watched in amirror as the doctor reattached his ear.

His most infamous act was a hit on Toronto's Ace Bailey, in retaliation for a hit Red Horner had made on Shore. Thinking that Bailey was in fact Horner, Shore's hit resulted in Bailey's head hitting the ice fracturing hs skull. Bailey went into convulsions and it was feared that he could die. He underwent four hours of surgery and recovered but neevr played again. Shore and Bailey shook hands at a benefit game where the proceeds were given to Bailey, this was the forerunner of the annual NHL all star game.

He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947. His Massachussetts vanity license plate read MR HOCKEY. Shore became known to new generations of players and fans when his name was used by the Hansons in the movie slapshot along with Toe Blake and Dit Clapper as iconic legands of old time hockey.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, November 16, 1988, the Leafs set a team record for one game by scoring three shorthanded goals in an 8-5 win against Pittsburgh. Dan Daoust, Ed Olczyk and Al Iafrete did the honors.

On this date in hockey history, November 17, 1990, Steve Yzerman scored a hat trick in the first period of a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored the three goals within the first 12 minutes at 2:21, 10:53 and 11:59.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, November 18, 1980, Conn Smythe passed away at age 85. Smythe was a legend in the NHL, the founder of the Toronto Maple Leafs and builder of Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. Smythe, was a veteran of both WWI and WWII sewrving as an artillery officer. While serving as an airborne spotter in WWI, his plane was shot down. Smythe was captured by the German army and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp. He was caught twice while attempting to escape. Smythe later said of his captivity, "We played so damned much bridge that I never played the game again."

Early in his hockey career, Smythe unsuccessfully applied to coach the Toronto St. Patricks. Smythe later saved the team from being sold and moved to Philadelphia by organizng a syndicate of investors to purchase the team and keep it in Toronto. After the purchase on February 14, 1927, the teams named was changed to the Maple Leafs and the rest is history. The Conn Smythe Trophy was introduced by Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. in 1964 to honor the former Leafs owner and would be presented to the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


On this date in hockey history, November 18th 1973, Bobby Orr picked up four assists as the Bruins defeated the Red Wings 8-0. This gave him 456 assists in his 458th game, more assists than any other defenseman in NHL history.

On this date in hockey history, November 19, 1926, The Detroit Cougars made their NHL dubut in a 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins. The game was player in Windsor, Ontario at the Border Cities Arena where all Cougars first year home games were played because Olympia Stadium in Detroit was still under construction. There were 6,000 fans in attendance. Goalie Herb Stuart let in a pair of goals in the first three minutes then steadied down for the rest of the game but Detroit couldn't score. The Cougars won their first game 1-0 against their fellow expansion team the Chicago Black Hawks in their third NHL game. The Cougars were renamed the Falcons for the 1930-31 and 1931-32 seasons before becoming the Red Wings in 1932. The Cougars were an expansion franchise granted to the Townsend syndicate of investors who purchased the Victoria Cougars of the bankrupt Western Hockey League, Stanley Cup winners in 1925.

On this date in New York Rangers history, November 19, 1953 rookie Andy Bathgate of the New York Rangers, scores the first goal of his NHL career

On this date in hockey history, Vaclav “Big Ned” Nedomansky signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings,

then picked up three points in his debut, all assists. Nedomansky had been a star with Slovan Bratislava in the Czechoslovakian Extraliga for 12 seasons. He played in the World Hockey championships nine times and was named the top forward in 1974, He then defected to Toronto in 1974. As a result, he was not allowed to return home until the demise of communism in his home country in 1989. He played for the Toronto Toros and Birmingham Bulls of the World Hockey Association from 1974-77, scoring 56 goals and 98 points for Toronto in 1975-76.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, November 19, 1929, Maple Leafs defenseman Hap Day scored four goals a 10-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. This was an incredible performance by Day considering that he only had seven goals for the entire season. Even more incredible was that this was the only game in NHL history when two defenseman had four goal games as Pittsburgh defenseman John McKinnon also scored four goals that night.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, November 19, 1967, Tim Horton played in his 1,000th game as a Maple Leaf. Horton was a star on the Toronto blueline as the Leafs won four Stanley Cups between 1963 and 1967. Horton played 1445 NHL games, 1185 games with the Leafs, 93 with the New York Rangers, 44 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and 124 with the Buffalo Sabres.

On this date in hockey history, November 19, 1983, Wayne Gretzky scored eight points on three goals and five assists during a 13-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the infamous “Mickey Mouse” game. Gretzky wanted the league to help get the Devils to be more competitive but his post game comments were misconstrued as aput down of the devils organization and players. “Well, it’s time they got their act together, folks. They’re ruining the whole league. They had better stop running a Mickey Mouse organization and put somebody on ice.” The next time the Oilers played oin New Jersey, the fans jeered Gretzky and mocked him by hoisting “Mickey Mosue” signs.

On this date in hockey history November 20th, two players notched hat tricks in only one period of a regular season game;

In 1934 Harvey “Busher” Jackson of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored three goals in one period.

In 1979 Paul Stewart notched a different kind of hat trick as a rookie playing for the Quebec Nordiques when he fought three Boston Bruins in one period, tangling with Terry O'Rielly, Stan Jonathan and Al Secord.

On this date in hockey history November 20, 1974, Dave Keon played his 1,000th game as a Toronto Maple Leaf. Keon scored a hat trick in that game, his fifth as a Leaf, including a penalty shot.

On this date in hockey history, November 21, 1971, The New York Rangers wallopped the California Golden Seals 12-1. Pierre Jarry, a Rangers rookie, scored his first NHL goal and then scored again only eight seconds later. Jean Rattelle added four goals.

On this date in hockey history, November 21, 1992, the Quebec Nordiques defeated the Hartford Whalers 8-2 during which they scored four goals in on minute and 33 seconds. This wasn't the fatsets four goals in NHL history, that record belonged to the 1945 Boston Bruins who did it in one minute and 20 seconds.

On this date in hockey history, November 21, 1930, Guyle Fielder was born in Potlatch, Idaho. Although Fielder played just nine career games in the NHL, he played 23 professional hockey seasons, scoring 1,929 points in 1,487 minor-league games. After winning rookie of the year, he led the WHL in scoring nine times, won league MVP six times, and was voted “most gentlemanly player” three times. Fielder might have been able to crack the NHL if there were more than six potential rosters to join. Fielder was a star for the WHL Seattle Totems and Portland Buckaroos, arch rivals. He was the second greatest minor league hockey palyer ever after Fred Glover of the Cleveland Barons.

On this date in hockey history, November 21, 1954, Detroit's Terry Sawchcuk dominated the Chicago Black Hawks with back to back shutouts on November 20th and 21st.

On this date in hockey history, November 21, 1979, Wayne Gretzky played his first NHL game at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. The Oilers and maple Leafs tied at 4-4 and gretzky had four points with a pair of goals and two helpers. Toronto fans always got their moneys worth when they went to see Gretzky play on Carlton Street, Gretzky played 30 games at at Maple Leaf Gardens scoring 30 goals and 47 assists.

On this date in hockey history, November 21, 1958, George "Punch" Imlach was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs as their new General Manager. On November 29th Imlach took over as the Maple Leafs' head coach.

On this date in hockey history, November 23, 1991, of the New York Rangers defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-0 and Brian Leetch began his team record 17 game point scoring record.. Rangers goaltender Mike Richter was in the nets earning the first shutout of his career.

On this date in hockey history, November 23, 1983, The Minnesota North Stars played to an 8-8 tie with the New York Islanders. Two North Stars scored hat tricks, Neal Broten and Steve Payne.

On this date in hockey history, November 23, 1988, Wayne Gretzky scored his 600th career goal when the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Detroit Red Wings at Olympia Stadium. Gretzky took only 718 games to score 600 goals and was the fifth NHL player to reach that milestone joining Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Phil Esposito and Marcel Dionne in that exclusive club.

November 23, 1988 – Wayne Gretzky scored a goal and five assists to become the fifth player in NHL history to score 600 goals, as the Kings won 8-3 at Detroit. Gordie Howe, Phil Esposito, Marcel Dionne, and Bobby Hull had done it before, but none of them came close to reaching that milestone in the 718games it took Wayne (and he had also hit 900 assists). Exactly three years later, he’d pick up his 49thcareer hat trick. 


Apparently “Old time Hockey” was a bit rougher than today because on this date in hockey history, November 23, 1929, legendary defenseman Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins was assessed five fighting majors during a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Maroons. Of course this coud never happen in the modern NHL because a player who receives three fighting majors in one game is ejected, fined and suspended. Also, upon ejection his team cannot replace the player on the ice for five minutes.

On this date in hockey history, November 23, 1961, it was the end of an era in Toronto as Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe sold 45,000 of his 50,000 shares of his stock to his son Stafford, giving up majority ownership of the team he founded. Smythe thought he was keeping the team in the family but unbeknownst to him the Leafs became owned by a trio of Stafford Smythe, Harold Ballard and John Bassett. Stafford lacked the capital to buy the shares, which sold for $40 apiece. So he teamed with Ballard who took a $2,000,000 loan to finance the purchase. John Bassett became a third partner and the three split the shares evenly. They controlled 60% of the teams stock, each with 20% But the key was a deal among the three that if any partner were to sell their shares, they had to first offer it to the other partners. That's how Ballard ended up owning the team and as a result Leafs fans endured many miserable seasons on the ice but still bought the tickets.

On this date in hockey history, November 24, 1986, Gilbert Perreault retired from the NHL Buffalo Sabres.


1954 – Bill Mosienko (Canada, Chicago Black Hawks) became the sixth player in the NHL history to score 250 goals as he scored once against visiting Montreal Canadiens on November 25, 1954 in his final NHL season. He spend all of his 14 seasons in Chicago and scored total 258 goals in regular seasons and 10 in playoffs. He holds record for the fastest hat trick in the whole NHL history.On March 23, 1952, Bill Mosienko scored in the third period at times 4:50, 5:02 and 5:10, i.e., in only 21 seconds!


November 24, 2003 – How about another Panthers fact, since we hardly ever see them do anything neat? Florida defenseman Mathieu Biron became the first NHL player since Phil Esposito in 1980 to score a goal against his brother, scoring against the charismatic Martin Biron! It’s always fun to one-up your brother, especially when he is one of the more notable players in the league and nobody really knows much about you. The goal helped the Panthers beat the Sabers 2-1.

 
On this date in hockey history, November 26, 1917, the NHL was born when five of the six owners of of the National Hockey Association (NHA) held a meeting at Toronto's Windsor hotel The Toronto Arenas, Montreal W anderers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Quebec Bulldogs agreed to form a new league, the NHL. The sole purpose of this agreement was for the owners to be rid of Eddie Livingstone and his NHA Toronto Blueshirts.

Livingstone had alienated himeslf from other league members and even some of his players with a variety of disagreements. In a practice common at the time, the NHA owners suspended operations only to reform as a new legal entity to be rid of the disagreeable Livingstone. The NHA cited a scarcity of players due to WWI and the imractability of operating a five team league.

Shortly after, the NHA owners without Livingstone announced the creation of the NHL which was comprised of former NHA players using NHA rules.

Sam Lichtenstein, owner of the Montreal Wanderers stated, “Don’t get us wrong, we didn’t throw Livingstone out. He’s still got his franchise in the old National Hockey Association. He has his team, and we wish him well. The only problem is he’s playing in a one-team league.” A different owner stated: “Livingstone was always arguing. Without him we can get down to the business of making money.”

On this date in hockey history, November 25, 1981, Wayne Gretzky scored his eight career hat trick in an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. He finished the game with four goals.Gretzky hadn't reached his 21st birthday.

On this date in hockey history, November 25 1972, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the California Golden Seals 11-0.s inside their own blue line when the puck

On this date in hockey history, November 26, 1925, the NHL introduced a rule designed to add scoring by prohibiting defensive teams from having more than two players inside their own blue line when the puck is outside of the defensive zone. This rule was intended to prevent teams from filling the defensive zone with defenders which made it difficult for attacking players to get the puck to the net and create scoring chances. Hmmmmm. Maybe the league should bring this rule back.

On this date in hockey history, November 26, 1961, during a 4-1 loss against Chicago, Gordie Howe became the first NHL player to appear in 1,000 regular season games.

On this date in hockey history, November 26, 1986, Petri Skriko of the Vancouver Canucks scored a hat trick in a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Fabulous Forum. This was his third hat trick in eight days, as Skriko was on a hot streak with twelve goals and two helpers for twelve points in five games.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, November 26, 1988, Borje Salming suffered a horrific injury when his face was cut during a goalmouth scramble when the Detroit Red Wings Gerrard Gallant accidentally stepped on his face. The cut required 250 stitches.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, Allen Bester faced Dino Cicarelli of the Minnesota North Stars on a penalty shot. The result? Bester stopped all five penalty shots he faced in his NHL career.

On this date in hockey history, November 26, 1944, Maurice “Rocket” Richard notched his fifth career hat trick when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 at the Montreal Forum.

2003 - Scott Stevens set an NHL record for defenseman by playing in his 1,616th career NHL game (breaking the record held by Larry Murphy)

On this date in hockey history, November 27, 1960, Playing in his 938th NHL game Gordie Howe became the first player to reach 1,000 career points during a 2-0 Detroit Red Wings victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nov. 27, 1974: The Canadiens began an NHL-record 23 game road undefeated streak (14-0-9), with a 3-2 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

On this date in Minnesota North Stars history, November 27, 1971, Bill Goldsworthy set a team record for the fastest two goals by one player when he scored two goals in seven seconds.

On this date in NHL history, November 27 1984, Mario Lemieux's brother Alain Lemieux scored his first career NHL hat trick. Alain played 119 NHL games scoring 28 goals and 44 assists.

On this date in hockey history, November 27, 1997, Michel Petit made history during his first game as a Phoenix Coyote in a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars as he became the first NHL player to play for ten different teams. He played for Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Quebec, Edmonton, New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Phoenix.k


On this date in hockey history, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 6-3 with goaltender Bill Durnan running his undefeated streak to 10-0-1, the best ever by a rookie. Durnan's streak would eventually reach 12-0-2 which remains the best streak to begin a career.

On this date in hockey history, November 27, 1943, the New York Rangers lost 6-3 to the Montreal Canadiens for their 11th consecutive loss the most ever by a team at the start of a season.


On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, November 27, 1970, Darryl Sittler scored his first NHL goal when the Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 9-4. Sittler slipped the puck past goalie Don “Smokey” McLeod assisted by Mike “Shakey” Walton and Jim McKenny. It was the first shot that McLeod faced in his NHL career.

On this date in Montreal Canadiens history, November 28, 1925, the team was playing the Pittsburgh Pirates with goaltender Georges Vezina between the pipes for his 328th consecutive game. Vezina left the game after collapsing due to a high fever and vomiting in his crease between periods. Vezina had a temperature of 102 prior to the game and had lost 25 pounds in preceeding weeks. He had unknowingly contracted tuberculosis and died on March 27, 1926.

Known as the Chicoutimi cucumber, Vezina played for Montreal for 16 seasons and was the only goalie to play for the Canadiens from 1910 to 1925. He grew up playing informal street hockey games and did not skate until he was 16 years old. His Chicoutimi Hockey Club was in an isolated area and did not compete in a league but travelled around the province playing exhibition games. On February 17, 1910 they played an exhibition game against the Montreal Canadiens. After the Canadiens lost the game failing to score a goal aganst Vezina, they offered him a tryout and then signed him to a contract for $800 per season.

He gave up the fewest goals in the league seven times. After his passing, the Canadiens donated the Vezina Trophy to the NHL to be awarded to the goaltender who gave up the fewest goals in the league. As of 1981 the trophy has been awarded to the most outstanding goalie as voted by league general managers.

On this date in hockey history, November 28, 1979, Billy Smith became the first NHL goaltender to score a goal. He never actually shot the puck but was the last Islander to touch the puck before Rob Ramage of the Colorado Rockies passed the puck to the point on a delayed penalty and the puck slid down the ice into the open net. Despite the own goal, the Rockies won the game 7-4.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, November 28, 1958, General Manager Punch Imlach replaced Bill Reay as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Imlach had been hired as an assistant GM in July but the team had no General Manager so Imlach reported directly to the “Silver Seven”, the seven member committee headed by Stafford Smythe which oversaw the business of Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. Imlach was promoted to General Manager in November and fired Reay just one week later. Imlach took the Leafs from the last place team in 1958 to the 1959 Stanley Cup finals. The Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1962, 1963 and 1964 and again in 1967 with Imlach serving as both coach and GM. Imlach was not what is known today as a “players coach”, rather he was a stern authority figure who was beloved by his veteran players but not so much among young players like Carl Brewer and Frank Mahovlich. The 1960's was a time of cultural and social change where the structure of authority began to loose ground to changes in clothing, music and the formalities of the establishment. Old school authoritarians like Imlach faced tremendous challenges trying to contain the expressions of individualism of his young players and responded with verbal abuse. Mahovlich especially was subjected to Imlach's ways and suffered a nervous breakdown at one point.

On this date in hockey history, November 28, 1965 Gordie Howe became the first NHL player to score 600 career goals. Playing at the Montreal Forum and trailing the Canadiens 3-1 with under four minutes to play, Howe beat Gump Worsley with 3:30 remaining to play. The Montreal fans gave Howe a standing ovation to honor his historic achievement, Montreal won the game 3-2.

On this date in hockey history, November 29, 1984, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 12-1. The Kings set team records for goals (12) and power play goals scored (6) in one game. The Canucks went out meekly without even a fight recorded in the game. The Kings were coached by Pat Quinn who had played 606 NHL games as a hard hitting defenseman who was assessed 950 penalty minutes in his career. But Quinn the coach was more a renaissance man than old fashioned. While coaching in Los Angeles, he spent his spare time earning a law degree. His teams were anything but a reflection of his truculent playing style, they demonstrated skill and scoring. Quinn was the quintessential players coach, who won the Jack Adams Award twice as NHL coach of the year by motivating his players. He never won the Stanley Cup as a coach but led two teams to the finals, the 1980 Flyers and 1994 Canuckcs. Quinn's Flyers team set the NHL and North American professional sports record for longest unbeaten streak at 35 games (25-0-10).

On this date in hockey history, November 29, 1967, the St. Louis Blues made a trade that helped establish them as the standard bearer of the NHL's expansion era when they acquired Red Berenson and Barclay Plager from the New York Rangers in exchange for Ron Stewart and Ron Atwell. Berenson went on the become the scoring star of the Blues, finishing in the NHL's top ten scorers in the 1968-69 and 1969-70 seasons, while Plager and his brother Bob, also acquired from the Rangers, were the stars on defense whose hard hitting style made them tremendously popular with the fans.

On this date in Toronto hockey history, November 29, 1924 the Toronto St. Patricks visited Montreal to play the Canadiens in the opening game at the brand new 9,000 seat Montreal Forum. The Canadiens were not very hospitable winning the game 7-1. Billy Boucher opened the scoring 55 seconds into the first period with the first of his three goals that game. Aureal Joliet had two goals, with Howie Morinz and Sylvio Mantha adding singles. Georges Vezina was in goal for Montreal opposite John Roach Ross for Toronto. The Canadiens were an unusual choice to open the new arena because their home rink in 1924 was actually the Mount Royal Arena. The Forum was the home rink of the Montreal Maroons from 1924 until they folded in 1936. Because the natural ice at their home rink wasn't ready, the Canadiens were invited to hold their game on the man made ice at the Forum. In 1926 the Candiens moved into the Forum and shared the arena with the Maroons.

This date in hockey history, November 30 1943, Maurice Richard wore the number 9 for the first time and the Montreal Canadiens famous Punch Line made it's debut in a 2-2 tie with the Boston Bruins at the Montreal Forum. The Punch Line featured Toe Blake at center, Elmer Lach on left wing and the Rocket at right wing. Lach and Richard were both second team all stars that season as Montreal won the regular season title and the Stanley Cup. The Punch Line really hit their stride the next season in 1944-45 when the Rocket scored his famous 50 goals and the line finished 1-2-3 in NHL scoring with Lach 1st (26-54-80), Richard 2nd (50-23-73) and Blake 3rd (29-38-67) in the 50 game season. All three members of the line were first team all stars along with teammates Bill Durnan in goal and Emile Bouchard on defense. The Canadiens won the regular season title again but lost in the playoffs to Toronto 4 games to 2. The Leafs went on to win the Stanley Cup defeating Chicago 4 games to three.


On this date in hockey history, November 30, 1969, Bobby Clarke scored the first goal of his NHL career against the New York Rangers in a 3-3 tie.On this date in hockey history, November 30, 1946, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 11-0 with Turk Broda earning the shutout. The Hawks featured scoring champion Max Bentley (29-43-72 in 60 games) and his brother Doug Bentley sixth in scoring (21-34-55 in 52 games) but finished in the NHL basement with 42 points and a goal differential of -81. The Leafs finished in second place with 72 points and a +37 goal differential. Toronto won the Stanley Cup defeating Montreal in the finals four games to two.

This date in hockey history, December 1, 1924, The Boston Bruins played their first game in the NHL and the first NHL game ever played in the United States, defeating the Montreal Maroons 2-1 at the Boston Arena.

This date in hockey history, December 1, 1938, Frank Brimsek made his debut in the nets for the Boston Bruins, losing 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. But Brimsek recovered nicely, earning shutouts in six of his next seven games which earned him the nickname “Mister Zero”.


On this date in hockey history, December 1, 1940, Max Bentley scored his first NHL goal with the Chicago Black Hawks during a 4-1 home ice victory against the New York Rangers.

This date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 1, 1949, Conn Smythe benched his starting goalie Turk Broda for being overweight . Gil Mayer made his only start of the season for the Leafs who lost 2-0 to the Detroit Red Wngs. Broda was back in the nets for the next game after he lost enough weight to satisfy Smythe and the Leafs defeated the New York Rangers 2-0.This date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 1, 1967, Jim McKenny was born in Ottawa Ontario. “Howie” played 594 games with Toronto primarily from 1969 to 1977 scoring 327 points as a puck rushing defenseman. While playing with Toronto's American league affiliate the Rochester Americans, Mckenny's rooomate was Donald S. Cherry. McKenny famously said of hockey that “Half the game is mental. The other half is being mental.”

This date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 1, 1957, Frank Mahovlich was in his rookie season and scored a hat trick during a Leafs 7-2 victory against the Chicago Black Hawks at Chicago stadium. Mahovlich went 20-16-36 in 1957-58, winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year over Bobby Hull. His rookie card pictured below is valued at $500.

On this date in hockey history, December 1, 1940, four pairs of brothers played in one NHL game. The Chicago Black Hawks defeated the New York Rangers 4-1. Max and Doug Bentley along with Bob and Bill Carse suited up for the Hawks while Neil and Mac Colville and Lynn and Muzz Patrick played for the Rangers.

On this date in hockey history, December 2, 1909, the National Hockey Association was established in Montreal consisting of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers and Renfrew Creamery Kings. The NHA would later eveolve into the NHL.

On this date in hockey history, December 2, 1909, the National Hockey Association (NHA) was established in Montreal consisting of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers and Renfrew Creamery Kings. The NHA would later evolve into the NHL. Renfrew was a small mining town in northern Ontario which prospered during the silver mining boom years. M.J. O'Brien and son Ambrose were the owners of the Renfrew team in the semi professional Federal Hockey League and sought to enter the new Canadien Hockey Association (CHA) but were turned down. So they created their own league the NHA. Renfrew boasted the legendary Frank Patrick and Fred “Cyclone” Taylor and Newsy Lalonde the NHA's first scoring champion and finished 8-3-1 that first season. They slipped to 8-8 next season. The Renfrew team folded after two seasons. The CHA folded after 8 weeks.

On this date in hockey history, December 2, 1925, the New York Americans played their first NHL game in Pittsburgh, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1. Billy Burch scored the first goal with Charlie Langlois netting the winner in overtime.


On this date in hockey history, December 2, 1969, the NHL announced the league would add two expansion team for the 1970-71 season, the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks.

On this date in hockey history, December 2, 1961, Gerry Cheevers played his first NHL game for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Black Hawks, Cheevers was the winning goalie against Glenn Hall as Billy Harris scored a hat trick in the Leafs 6-4 victory. Cheevers played for the Leafs again the next night then spent the remainder of his career with the Boston Bruins.


​This Date In Hockey History - December


This date in hockey history, December 1, 1924, The Boston Bruins played their first game in the NHL and the first NHL game ever played in the United States, defeating the Montreal Maroons 2-1 at the Boston Arena.

This date in hockey history, December 1, 1938, Frank Brimsek made his debut in the nets for the Boston Bruins, losing 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. But Brimsek recovered nicely, earning shutouts in six of his next seven games which earned him the nickname “Mister Zero”.

This date in hockey history, December 1, 1940, Max Bentley scored his first NHL goal with the Chicago Black Hawks during a 4-1 home ice victory against the New York Rangers.





This date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 1, 1949, Conn Smythe benched his starting goalie Turk Broda for being overweight . Gil Mayer made his only start of the season for the Leafs who lost 2-0 to the Detroit Red Wngs. Broda was back in the nets for the next game after he lost enough weight to satisfy Smythe and the Leafs defeated the New York Rangers 2-0.

This date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 1, 1967, Jim McKenny was born in Ottawa Ontario. “Howie” played 594 games with Toronto primarily from 1969 to 1977 scoring 327 points as a puck rushing defenseman. While playing with Toronto's American league affiliate the Rochester Americans, Mckenny's rooomate was Donald S. Cherry. McKenny famously said of hockey that “Half the game is mental. The other half is being mental.”

This date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 1, 1957, Frank Mahovlich
was in his rookie season and scored a hat trick during a Leafs 7-2 victory against the Chicago Black Hawks at Chicago stadium. Mahovlich went 20-16-36 in 1957-58, winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year over Bobby Hull. His rookie card pictured below is valued at $500.

On this date in hockey history, December 1, 1940, four pairs of brothers played in one NHL game. The Chicago Black Hawks defeated the New York Rangers 4-1. Max and Doug Bentley along with Bob and Bill Carse suited up for the Hawks while Neil and Mac Colville and Lynn and Muzz Patrick played for the Rangers.



On this date in hockey history, December 2, 1909, the National Hockey Association (NHA) was established in Montreal consisting of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers and Renfrew Creamery Kings. The NHA would later evolve into the NHL. Renfrew was a small mining town in northern Ontario which prospered during the silver mining boom years. M.J. O'Brien and son Ambrose were the owners of the Renfrew team in the semi professional Federal Hockey League and sought to enter the new Canadien Hockey Association (CHA) but were turned down. So they created their own league the NHA. Renfrew boasted the legendary Frank Patrick and Fred “Cyclone” Taylor and Newsy Lalonde the NHA's first scoring champion and finished 8-3-1 that first season. They slipped to 8-8 next season. The Renfrew team folded after two seasons. The CHA folded after 8 weeks.

On this date in hockey history, December 2, 1925, the New York Americans played their first NHL game in Pittsburgh, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1. Billy Burch scored the first goal with Charlie Langlois netting the winner in overtime.





On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 4, 1980, Jim Rutherford was acquired by the Leafs from Detroit for Mark Kirton who had been their first round draft pick in 1980. Rutherford was an Ontario boy from Beeton less than an hours drive from Toronto so his first game played for the Red Wings at Maple Leafs Gardens on January 2, 1971 was an emotional moment. Unfortunately for the rookie Rutherford and the Wings, the game was full of bad memories as the Leafs hammered the Wings 13-0. Rutherford gave up three in the first period, then spent the rest of the game on the bench and saw Torotno score three more in the second and seven goals in the third.

Rutherford played 18 game with the Leafs going 4-10-2 with a 5.12 GAA before Toronto traded him to the Los Angeles Kings. With that trade, Rutherford became the first NHL goalie to play for three teams in the same season.

On this date in hockey history, December 3, 1970, Frank Mahovlich of the Detroit Red Wings scored his 400th career goal, becoming the sixth NHL player to reach that milestone. Mahovlich found great individual success in Detroit enjoying his freedom after escaping the Toronto Maple Leafs and Punch Imlach with fellow Leafs refugees Bob Baun and Carl Brewer, scoring a career high 49 goals in 1967-68 and 38 goals in 1968-69, more than he scored in 11 of his 12 seasons with the Leafs.





On this date in Buffalo Sabres history, December 4th 1978, General Manager Punch Imlach was fired along with Coach Marcel Pronovost. Billy Inglis was hired to replace Pronovost.

On this date in hockey history, December 4, 1909, the Montreal Canadiens were founded as the “Club de Hockey Canadien” by J. Ambrose O'Brien and Jack Laviolette. Originally members of the National Hockey Association, the Canadiens were stocked with francophone players to represent Montreal's francophone community. They finished in last place in their first season but won their first Stanley Cup in the 1915-16 season. In 1917, the National Hockey Association (NHA) became ethe NHL. With Howie Morenz leading the way, the NHL Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup in the 1923-24 season.

On this date in hockey history December 5, 1939, Eddie Shore played his last game a Boston Bruin in a 2-1 victory over the New York Americans at the Boston Garden.

On this date in hockey history, December 5 1943, Bill Cowley and Herb Cain both scored three points on a goal and two assists when the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens and rookie goaltender Bill Durnan. This was Durnans first loss after a record 12-0-2 streak to start his NHL career.

On this date in hockey history, December 5 1983, Wayne Gretzky had three assists during a 4-2 victory at Pittsburgh. This gave Gretzky 1,400 points in 580 games, joining Gordie Howe, Stan Mikita, Phil Espsoito and Marcel Dionne in that exclusive club.

On this date in hockey history, December 5, 1968, the Montreal Canadiens debuted a future Hall of Fame goaltender when Tony Esposito against the Boston Bruins and their future Hall of Famer Phil Esposito, Tony's brother. Phil scored twice against his brother in a 2-2 tie.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 6, 1947, the Leafs hammered the Chicago Black Hawks 12-5 with Max Bentley and Harry Watson scoring hat tricks. The 1947-48 Leafs finished on top of the NHL standings and won their second Stanley Cup in a string of three consecutive championships in 1947, 1948 and 1949.

On this date in hockey history, December 6, 1987, Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers had a hat trick in the first period against the Minnesota North Stars for his 43rd career hat trick. Then he added two more goals and an assist for a six point game in a 10-4 victory. The five goal game was the fifth of Gretzky's career.

On this date in hockey history, Greg Millen recorded his third consecutive shutout 3-0 over the Minnesota North Stars. Millen finished the season with a 3.38 GAA , six shutouts and a save percentage of .880

On this date in hockey history, December 6, 1929, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Harvey “Busher” Jackson. He made his debut at age 18 against the Montreal Canadiens and announced his arrival by knocking down his idol Howie Morenz.

On this date in hockey history, December 6, 1959, Bobby Hull of the Chicago Black Hawks notched his first hat trick in the NHL in a 6-3 victory by the Chicago Black hawks over the Boston Bruins.

On this date in hockey history, December 6, 1995, a monumental trade took place which altered the competitive balance of the NHL when the Montreal Canadiens sent Patrick Roy and Mike Keane to the Colorado Avalanche for a package of Martin Rucinsky, Andrei Kovalenko and goaltender Jocelyn Thibault. Montreal coach Mario Trembaly and Roy didn't get along when they had played together and their frayed relationship reached it's breaking point when the Detroit Red Wings came to town for a game on December 2nd. Roy had run into Red Wings goalie Mike Vernon that morning at breakfast and Roy had confided that the pressure from the media and fans in Montreal had really gotten to him and he was even considering retirement. Vernon told him that he needed to get traded, that a trade from Calgary had relieved Vernon from the pressure of playing for his hometown team that had been unable to repeat their 1989 Stanley Cup championship. Later that evening, Tremblay left Roy in nets as he endured brutal booing from the fans while the Red Wings piled up a 9-1 lead. Roy pulled himself from the game and stormed past Tremblay over to Canadiens President Ronald Corey and told him he had played his last game for Montreal. Four days later the games greatest goaltender was on his way to Denver where he led the Avalanche to a pair of Stanley Cup championships. Montreal has not been in the finals since the end of the Roy era. Vernon's contribution to this saga is largely unknown but was likely the impetus for this monumental moment in NHL history.

On this date in hockey history, December 6, 1989, Mario Lemieux passed Jean Pronovost as the Pittsburgh Penguins all time goal scoring leader with his 317th goal in his 395th career game. Lemieux's goal helped the Penguins defeat the Washington Capitals 5-3.





On this date in hockey history, December 7, 1977, Gordie Howe of the WHA New England Whalers scored his 1,000 career professional goal in a 6-3 victory over the Birmingham Bulls. Howe beat goalie John Garrett at 11:36 of the first period ending a scoreless drought of 11 games. It took Howe 30 seasons to score his 1,000th goal and it included all NHL and WHA regular season and playoff games.

On this date in hockey history, December 7, 1919, the Toronto Arenas changed their name to the Toronto St. Patrick's. In 1926-27 they changed their name to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On this date in hockey history, December 7, 1961, Jean Beliveau played his first game as the Captain of the Montreal Canadiens. leading the Habs to a 4-1 victory the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Forum.

On this date in hockey history, December 7, 1975, Johnny Bucyk of the Boston Bruins tied Jean Beliveau of the Montreal Canadiens for sixth place in career NHL scoring when he tallied his 507th goal.

On this date in hockey history, December 7, 1940, Gerry Cheevers was born in St. Catharines, Ontario. Cheevers was one of the great “money” goaltenders of all time, winning two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972. Cheevers is also famous for his stitch covered face mask which originated after he was hit in the face with a puck during practice. Feigning injury, Cheeevrs went to the locker room where coach Harry Sinden found him smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer. As a joke, Bruins trainer “Frosty” Forristall drew a stitch on his mask. A new stich mark was added every time he was struck in the mask and the legndary mask was created. The Hockey News tallied votes for the best mask design ever and Cheevers mask won in a landslide with 221 votes to 66 for Gilles Gratton's lions face mask. Ron Hextall the former Flyers goalie and current Flyers general manager called Cheevers mask the “greatest piece of sports memorabilia ever.”

Cheevers developed an uncoventional style of play as a flopping goalie which he learned with the Rochester Americans where his coach made him practice without a stick. In 1965, Cheevers set the AHL record for most victories in a single season by a goalie with 48. even so, he was hardly an overnight success in the NHL which consisted of only six teams at that time. Cheevers developed his style during six seasons in the minor leagues before becoming a full time goalie with Boston in 1967. In 1972 He went undefeated for 32 consecutive games which is an NHL record.

On this date in hockey history, December 7, 1982, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-2 with Wayne Gretzky scoring his 23rd goal of the season at 6:23 of the second period at the Northlands Coliseum. That game marked the end of a 30 game scoring streak for Gretzky during which he collected an amazing 76 points on 24 goals and 54 assists.

On this date in hockey history, December 7, 1966, Henri Richard joined his brother Maurice “The Rocket” to become the first pair of brothers to each score 250 career NHL goals as the Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3. “The Pocket Rocket” was the seventh player in franchise history with 250 career goals.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 7 , 1929, Harvey “Busher” Jackson played his first game as a Leaf. At age 18, he was the youngest player in the NHL. Jackson played ten years with the Leafs and holds the team recordd for most first team all star selections with four. He played on the famous “Kid Line” with Joe Primeau and Charlie Conacher and was part of the Leafs 1932 cup winning team.





On this date in hockey history, December 8, 1987, Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers became the first NHL goalie to actually shoot and score a goal. Here is his recollection of that game as told to Philadelphia Business Journal: “[Scoring a goal] was not high on my list of wanna-does,” he said. “The fans were on me to shoot — not only that night, but in prior games too. The media kept asking me questions about it. I said it would have to be the right opportunity, and if I had the right opportunity I’d take a shot. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. Then I scored and our whole team came off the bench and guys were hooting and hollering almost like we won a playoff series. That’s what made it special to me, that my teammates were all there celebrating with me. It made it a bigger deal than I ever envisioned it would be. When I think back, I have fond memories of it.”





On this date in hockey history, December 8, 1984, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1 at Boston Gardens to give coach Scotty Bowman his 692nd career win to tie Dick Irvin for most victories by an NHL coach. Bowman coached for another 13 seasons and finished within 1,248 wins. Al Arbour is second with 782 victories. Scotty's nine Stanley Cups are also the most by any NHL coach. He also won five Stanley Cups as an executive, with Pittsburgh as Director Of Player Development in 1991, another with Detroit in 2008 as a Special Advisor, and threee more with Chicago as Senior Advisor of hockey Operation for a career total of 14, second only to Jean Beliveau's 17.





On this date in hockey history, December 9, 1924, the Toronto St. Patrick's signed a pharmacy student from the University of Toronto to play left wing. He moved to defense and played for the St. Pats/Maple Leafs until 1937, 11 years as team captain. His name was Clarence “Hap” Day.

On this date in hockey history, December 9, 1979, the Edmonton Oilers rookie goaltender Eddie Mio recorded the first shutout in the Oilers NHL history. Mio stopped 30 shots for his first career shutout while Wayne Gretzky and Pat Price each added a goal and an assist.

On this date in hockey history, December 9, 1954, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 at the Montreal Forum. The game featured a brawl where the teams combined for 36 penalties and 15 misconducts, setting a record for most penalties at that time.

On this date in hockey history, December 9 1976, the Philadelphia Flyers played the Boston Bruins at the Boston Gardens winning 3-1. this was the fourth consecutive season in which the Flyers and Bruins played on December 9th. Rick MacLiesh, Gary Dornhoefer on the power play and Bobby Clarke with a shortie into the empty net handled the scoring while Bernie Parent stopped 17 shots.

This date in hockey history, December 10, 1970, the Boston Bruins peppered Buffalo Sabres goaltender Joe Daley with 72 shots. Daley stopped 64 shots in an 8-0 loss. The 64 saves in one game are a Sabres record. The 72 shots were the most by an NHL team since 1943.

On this date in hockey history, December 10, 1924, the Montreal Maroons played the Montreal Canadiens in the first all Montreal game NHL game. The Canadiens won 5-0 with Auriel Joliet scoring four goals and Georges Vezina picking up the shutout. The Candiens won that game and also won the war as the Maroons folded in 1938.





On this date in hockey history, December 10, 1986, Wayne Gretzky had three goals in a 7-4 edmonton Oilers victory over the Winnipeg Jets. This was Gretzky's 40th career hat trick. That's right – 40 hat tricks by age 25. On December 10, 1989 Gretzky tallied his 1,900th point in only his 803rd NHL game, an 8-4 victory for the los Angeles Kings over the Quebec Nordiques.

On this date in hockey history, December 10, 1975, The Montreal Canadiens retired jersey number 16 which had been worn by Henri Richard and Elmer Lach prior to a game against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. The game ended in a 3-3- tie.

On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 10, 1969, Johnny Bower played his final game for the Leafs, retiring from the NHL at age 45. He only played one game in that 1969-70 season,losing 6-3 to the Montreal Canadiens. His career record with Toronto was 22—161-79 with a 2.49 GAA. He returned to the Leafs as an assistant coach for the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons.


On this date in hockey history, December 11, 1982, the Hartford Whalers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4. this became known as the “First Cooperall Game” because both teams wore the long pants style popularized with the introduction of the Cooperall uniform system. Actually both teams wore CCM pants but the Cooperall name has become synonomous with the long pants look. The NHL banned the use of the long pants for safety reasons. The fabric was a sleek nylon like the short pants which created little friction when players slid on the ice as compared to the knit fabric of the hockey sock which acted more like a braking mechanism when players slid. As a result, players wearing the long pants tended to slide faster into the boards raising concerns about an increase in the number and severity of injuries resulting from their use.

On this date in hockey history, December 11, 1985, the Chicago Black Hawks scored nine goals in a single game. And lost. Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers scored 12 goals in a 12-9 victory over Chicago. The Hawks held Gretzky scoreless but he tied an NHL record with seven assists in one game while linemates Jari Kuri and Glenn Anderson each had a hat trick. Chicago outshot Edmonton 46 to 44 and both teams pulled their starting goalies with Murray Bannerman and Bob Suave sharing the net for Chicago while Andy Moog and Grant Fuhr split goaltending duties for the Oilers. The Oilers did not score on their one power play opportunity while the Hawks scored three times on four power plays. The 21 goals tied an NHL record for most total goals in a single game. Here is the game summary:

First Period
1 - EDM : Glenn Anderson 21 (Wayne Gretzky, Randy Gregg) (EV) 1:35
2 - EDM : Dave Lumley 5 (Billy Carroll, Kevin Lowe) (EV) 3:19
3 - EDM : Dave Semenko 5 (Craig MacTavish, Mark Napier) (EV) 4:58
4 - EDM : Marty McSorley 4 (Wayne Gretzky, Don Jackson) (EV) 13:24
Second Period
10 - CHI : Bill Watson 4 (Ken Yaremchuk, Jerry Dupont) (EV) 7:11
11 - CHI : Troy Murray 14 (Behn Wilson, Keith Brown) (PP) 9:36
12 - CHI : Jack O'Callahan 1 (Jerry Dupont, Troy Murray) (EV) 11:36


13 - EDM : Jari Kurri 20 (Wayne Gretzky, Glenn Anderson) (EV) 14:52
14 - CHI : Keith Brown 3 (Ed Olczyk) (EV) 16:07
15 - EDM : Marty McSorley 5 (Lee Fogolin Jr., Kevin McClelland) (EV) 18:58
16 - EDM : Glenn Anderson 23 (Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey) (EV) 19:50
5 - EDM : Glenn Anderson 22 (Don Jackson, Wayne Gretzky) (EV) 1:20
6 - EDM : Kevin McClelland 5 (Marty McSorley, Raimo Summanen) (EV) 3:08
7 - CHI : Denis Savard 15 (Steve Larmer, Al Secord) (PP) 5:38
8 - EDM : Lee Fogolin Jr. 2 (Kevin McClelland, Raimo Summanen) (EV) 6:11
9 - CHI : Curt Fraser 14 (Troy Murray, Doug Wilson) (EV) 6:38
Third Period
17 - CHI : Troy Murray 15 (Ed Olczyk, Keith Brown) (PP) 13:22
18 - EDM : Jari Kurri 21 (Wayne Gretzky, Glenn Anderson) (EV) 15:34
19 - CHI : Ken Yaremchuk 5 (Bill Gardner, Behn Wilson) (EV) 17:59
20 - EDM : Jari Kurri 22 (Wayne Gretzky, Glenn Anderson) (EV) 19:24
21 - CHI : Ken Yaremchuk 6 (Tom Lysiak, Bill Gardner) (EV) 19:37

On this date in hockey history, December 11, 1982, the Quebec Nordiques defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-4. Peter Stastny scored three goals and had three helpers while his brother Marian had two goals and three assists for an 11 point night by the Stastny's. Peter Stastny would finish the season with 124 points, second in NHL scoring only to Wayne Gretzky's 196 points.





On this date in hockey history, December 12, 1970, Orland Kurtenbach scored the first hat trick in Vancouver Canucks history. This was Kurtenbach's pnly NHL career hat trick and he added an assist in the Canucks 5-2 win over the Oakland Seals. Kurtenbach finished the season with 21-32-53 totals in only 52 games. He was well known to old time hockey fans in vancouver having played for the WHL Vancouver Canucks during the the 1957-58, 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons.

On this date in hockey history, December 12, 1971, Brad Park scored three goals and an assist for the New York Rangers in a 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Park was the first Rangers defenseman to score a hat trick. He finished the 1971-72 season with 24-59-73 totals and 130 penalty minutes.

1981 - Ian Turnbull became the first defenseman in Kings history to score a hat trick (the second of his career) as the Kings won 7-5 over the Canucks. Turnbull finished the game with four goals.

On this day in hockey history, December 12, 1933 The Toronto Maple Leafs were playing in Boston against the Bruins. Early in the second period the Leafs were two men short and coach Dick Irvin dispatched his penalty killers, Frank “King” Clancy with Red Horner on defense with Irvine “Ace” Bailey at forward. Bailey proceeded to put on a penalty killing clinic ragging the puck using his exceptional stickhandling skills. Finally, Boston's Hall of Fame defenseman, Eddie Shore gathered the puck in and carried the play into the Toronto zone where he was hip checked by Horner.

Shore was dazed by the hit and sought his revenge. He skated after Ace Bailey perhaps thinking he was Horner. Shore caught Bailey with a viscious check flipping him in the air. Bailey hit the ice head first and went into convulsions, bleeding from a head wound. Horner went after Shore and punched him, knocking him unconscious. Both Bailey and Shore had to be carried of the ice.

While Shore had a small cut on his head, Bailey's injury was far more serious and he was taken to the Bruins dressing room where the Bruins team doctors examined his wound. Shore had regained consciousness and went to Bailey to apologize. Bailey told Shore “It's all part of the game”, before he slipped back into unconsciousness.

Bailey was hospitalized with a cerebral hemmorhage and his death seemed imminent. In the event of Bailey's death, homicide detectives were prepared to charge Shore with manslaughter. Bailey's father travelled to Boston with a pistol intent on avenging his sons injury against Shore but Boston police interceeded and convinced him to abandon his plan.

Bailey underwent two operations after which his death seemed imminent. A priest was summoned to administer the last rites. But by morning his prospects had improved. Within two weeks it was clear that Bailey would survive but would never be able to play again. The Bruins donated $8,000 to Bailey and his family and the NHL held a special game to benefit Bailey and his family, featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs playing at Maple Leaf Gardens against a group of star players selected from other NHL teams. The benefit game raised $20,000 for Bailey. This was the forerunner of what would become the Anuual NHL all star game.

As the all star players skated onto the ice they wore their individual teams jerseys and were then presented with their all star game jersey. The first player onto the ice was goaltender Charlie Gardiner who was given his jersey with number one. When Shore skated onto the ice in his Boston Bruins uniform, he was greeeted at center ice by Ace Bailey in street clothes. Bailey handed Shore his number 2 game jersey and extended his hand. When Shore clasped and shook Bailey's hand the Gardens crowd roared it's approval.

Shore was suspended for 16 games as a result of the incident. Bailey remained in the Leafs organization, serving as the timekeeper at Leafs games from 1938 until 1984. He passed away in 1992 at age 89.

On this date in hockey history, December 13, 1987, rookie Joe Nieuwendyk of the Calgary Flames scored four goals against the Buffalo Sabres. He became the first rookie in the modern NHL (post red line) to have two four goal games. Cully Wilson had a pair of four goal games duirng his initial NHL season in 1919-20 although he was hardly a true “rookie” having played three seasons in the NHA (NHL's predessor league) and four seasons with the seattle Metropolitans of the PCHA.

On this date in hockey history, December 14, 1929, Harold “Baldy” Cotton spoiled a history making appearance by the New York Rangers at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens by scoring a pair of overtime goals in Toronto's 7-6 victory. This waspossible because overtime was a ten minute period played in it's entriety, ie not sudden death. But the history making event was that the Rangers became the first team to travel to their game by airplane.

On this date in hockey history, December 14, 1974, the New York Rangers Greg Polis set a team record for most penalty minutes in one game with 33. The St. Louis Blues won the game 6-2. The two teams combined for 256 penalty minutes

On this date in hockey history, December 14, 1933, Howie Morenz of the Montreal Canadiens scored his 247th goal, making him the NHL's career goal scoring leader as he passed Cy Denneny. Denneny had 245 goals in his first 259 games before finishing his career with only four goals in his final 66 games.

1943 - Boston's Bill Cowley had a goal and two assists to become the NHL's all-time leader in assists. He scored #258 to pass New York's Frank Boucher in a 4-3 win over Chicago. Cowley retired 4 years later with a record 353 career assists.

On this date in hockey history, December 14, 1968, Bobby Orr scored his first NHL hat trick at Boston Garden during a 10-5 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks.





On this date in hockey history, December 15, 1917, the first NHL game was played between the Montreal Canadiens and Montreal Wanderers. This was an exhibition game to benefit the victims of the Halifax Explosion in which a munitions ship exploded in Halifax harbor Over 1,950 were killed, more than 9,000 were wounded. Every building within a ten mile radius, 12,000 in all, were destroyed. Thirty one thousand people were left homeless or lacking adequate housing. A 1994 study of major non nuclear explosions concluded that "Halifax Harbour remains unchallenged in overall magnitude as long as five criteria are considered together: number of casualties, force of blast, radius of devastation, quantity of explosive material and total value of property destroyed."


This date in hockey history, December 15 1983, the Philadelphia Flyers scored an NHL record three shorthanded goals in one period during a 9-4 victory over the Washington Capitals. Mark Howe, Ilka Sinisalo and Miroslave Dvorak each scored a shortie during the second period.





On this date in hockey history, December 15, 1915, Art Jackson was born in Toronto, Ontario. Art was the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs Hall of Famer Harvey “Busher” Jackson. Art played with his brother on the Leafs from the 1934-35 season to 1936-37. He played for the New York Americans in 1937-38, then the Boston Bruins from 1939-40 to 1940-45 before finishing his career back with the Leafs in 1945-46 where he played on a Stanley Cup winner for his hometown team. He also won a Stanley Cup with Boston in 1941. Art centered the Leafs “Cyclone Line” with Nick Metz and Bob Davidson.

Happy birthday to the NHL's offside rule, drafted on this date in hockey history, December 16, 1929. Hockey had originally been played like rugby with no forward passing allowed anywhere on the playing surface forcing players to caary the puck in order to move it forward. In 1905 the Ontario Hockey Association began allowing defensemen to play the puck forward from rebounds within three feet of the goaltender. Some ice surfaces had a black line painted on the ice at the three foot distance. To promote scoring, the NHL allowed forward passing in the defensive and neutral zones in 1927 but scoring remained low. In 1928-29 the NHL allowed forward passing in the attacking zone and scoring doubled almost immediately as players would position themselves in front of the opposition goal and wait until a teamamte stickhandled over the offensive blue line then passed the puck down low to the player at the net. The league decided that too much scoring was undesireable and instituted the new rule during the season to cut down on these “easier” goals.

On this date in hockey history, December 16, 1950, the Montreal Canadiens debuted two future Hall Of Fame players Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion in a 1-1 tie with the New York Rangers with Geoffrion scoring Montreal's only goal in his NHL debut.

On this date in hockey history, December 16, 1981, Dave Lumley of the Edmonton Oilers scored a goal in his 12th consecutive game going 2-2-4 during a 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Lumley scored 15 goals during the streak. This was one game fewer than the NHL record at the time held by Charlie Simmer (13 games) as Lumley filled in as a winger on Wayne Gretzky's line.

On this date in hockey history, December 17, 1977, rookie defenseman Barry Beck of the Colorado Rockies scored a hat trick and added an assist in a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota North Stars. He scored 22 goals and 38 assists for 60 points as a rookie, including a stretch of six consecutive games with a goal. The 22 goals was a rookie record for defensemen until Brian Leetch scored 23 in 1988-89.

On this date in hockey history, December 17, 1977, the Hartford Whalers defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-0 for their first NHL shutout away from home. Mike Veisor earned the shutout.

On this date in hockey history, December 17, 1977, Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Quebec Nordiques 8-1. Gretzky scored one goal and adding five assists for six points in his 352nd career game. These included his 500th assist and 800th point, an amazing pace of 2.27 points per game.

On this date in Buffalo Sabres history, December 17, 1990, the struggling Sabres (10-15-7) traded Mike Foligno to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Brian Curran and Lou Franschetti. Foligno played 663 games over ten seasons with the Sabres and became a fan favorite scoring 247 goals and 511 points. He earned a reputation as a player who stood up for himself and his teammates, piling up a then team record 1,450 penalty minutes for the blue and gold. Foligno was the team captain when he was traded, having been named captain on February 15, 1989. Foligno only scored 27 goals for Toronto in 129 games but scored twice against the Sabres at Maple Leaf Gardens on January 14, 1991. I wonder if Leafs fans found it as unusual watching Rick Vaive playing for Buffalo that bnight as it looked to see Foligno in a Maple Leafs uniform.

On this date in hockey history, December 18, 1983, Wayne Gretzky had a pair of goals to go along with two assists in an Edmonton Oilers 7-5 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. That sounds like just another day at the office for Wayne as he hit 100 points for the season in his 34th game. That's right, 100 points in only 34 games. In todays NHL standings there are only two teams with 100 goals, Montreal with 101 in 33 games and Dallas with 108 in 32 games.

On this date in hockey history, December 18, 1952, Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion each scored a ht trick at the Montreal Forum during Montreal's 6-2 victory over the New York Rangers. This was Beliveau's first three goal game, and Geoffrion's second.





On this date in hockey history, Maurice “The Rocket” Richard scored his 400th career goal in a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks He was the first NHL player to reach that milestone.
On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 18, 1965, Bob Pulford and Dave Keon each scored three goals in an 8-4 victory over the New York Rangers. This was the first and only time two Maple Leaf players had hat tricks in the same game.




On this date in Toronto Maple Leafs history, December 18, 1971, the Leafs signed free agent goalie Gord McRae. McRae had played three seasons at Michigan Tech from 1967-68 to 1969-70. He worked his way up from the EHL to the AHL Providence Reds before settling in with Toronto's CHL farm team the Tulsa Oilers. He played a total of 71 games in the NHL from 1972-73 to 1977-78, all with the Leafs as he was yanked up and down from the minors. His biggest impact in the NHL was in the 1974-75 season when he played 20 games with a 3.29 GAA going 13-3-6 and 2-5 with a 2.86 GAA in the playoffs including a first round upset over the Los Angeles Kings who had finished the regulat season with 105 points, 27 more than the Leafs 78. When McRae posed for the 1977-78 team picture with a beard, the Leafs owner Harold Ballard had McRae's head removed from the picture and replaced with Gord Shervens clean shaven head from the previous season.

On this date in hockey history, December 19, 1984, Scotty Bowman was behind the bench when the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 to set a record for most victories by a coach with his 691st win. Of course that record was broken by Scotty Bowman himself who finished his career with 1,248 victories.

On this date in hockey history, December 19, 1984, Wayne Gretzky reached 1,000 career points with a six point game on home ice against the Los Angeles Kings, going 2-4-6. He set a record by accumulating 1,000 career points in only 424 games, breaking Guy Lafleur's previous mark by 296 games. Lafleur had reached 1,000 points in 724 games.

On this date in hockey history, December 19, 1967, Gary “Suitcase” Smith was beaten for two goals by his brother Brian Smith who led the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Seals. While at first glance, Gary Smith is the more familiar player to most, Brian smith was a significant figure in 1960's hockey and his tragic end was shocking.

Smith played for the Memorial Cup in 1960 with the Brockville Canadiens and played in the EPHL from 1960-63 with the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens. When he was acquired by the Springfield Indians in 1963 he refused to report because of coach Eddie Shore's reputation for poor treatment of his players. Smith played in Austria but was suspended by the IIHF beacsue he hadn't obtained a release. So he was forced to play for Springfiled from 1964-67 where he and Bill White started Alan Eagleson on his career in hockey by strking against Shore in 1966 with Eagleson representing the players.

Shore was forced to sell the team to Jack Kent Cooke the owner of the expansion Los Angeles Kings and Smith suited up in 1967 as one of the original Kings. He played for Phoenix in the WHL then with the Minnesota North Stars in 1968-69 and finished his playing career with the WHA Houston Aeros in 1972-73. Smith then became a sports broadcaster with CJOH TV in Ottawa where he anchored the 6 PM news until 1995.

On August 1 1985 Smith was shot in the station parking lot by a paranoid schizophrenic who believed that the station had been broadcasting messages in his head.. Smith's death stunned the community. He was honored by the Ottawa Senators who renamed the press box at their home rink Canadien Tire Center the “Brian 'Smitty' Smith Press Box” and the team wore a memorial patch honoring Smith during the 1995-96 season.

On this date in hockey history, December 19, 1985, Larry Robinson scored the only hat trick of his NHL career during a 5-4 Montreal Canadiens loss to the Quebec Nordiques.

On this date in NHL history, December 19, 1917, the National Hockey League played it's first two games. Dave Ritchie scored the first goal in NHL history one minute into the game as his Montreal Wanderers defeated the Toronto Hockey Club 7-4. Joe Malone scored five goals and an assist for the Montreal Canadiens including Montreal's first ever NHL goal in a 7-4 win over the Ottawa Senators in the other opening day game.