This Day In Hockey History - October

 ​This day in hockey history, October 2nd 1948, Donald Harold Luce was born in London Ontario. Don played three years of junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers where he led the OHA in assists with 70 in 1967-68. After turning pro he played on the Rangers farm team the Omaha Knights that won the CHL regular season and playoff titles in 1969-70. Luce was named to CHL All-Star First Team.

In spite of two strong seasons in the CHL (1968-69 22 goals and 56 points in 72 games and 1969-70 with 22 goals and 57 points in 64 games), Luce appeared in only 21 NHL games during that time as the Rangers were a strong team and deep at center with Jean Rattelle, Walt Tkaczuk, Juha Widing and Orland Kurtenbach in an era where team employed only three regular forward lines.

On November 2nd 1970 the Rangers traded Don to the Detroit Red Wings for Steve Andrascik.

While with Detroit, Luce assisted on Gordie Howe’s last goal before he retired from the Red Wings. Then on May 15th 1971, Don was traded to the Buffalo Sabres along with defenseman Mike Robitaille for goaltender Joe Daley.

Luce blossomed in Buffalo where he developed into one of the best two way players of the 1970’s. Don won the Buffalo Sabres' Unsung Hero Trophy and Wilkinson Sword Award as team's Most Improved Player in 1971-72. He recorded the first playoff assist in Buffalo Sabres history on April 4, 1973, at Montreal. He was the inaugural winner of the Buffalo Sabres' Charley Barton Silver Stick Award for dedication and spirit in 1972-73.

Don was named an alternate captain during 1973-74 season and wore the "A" through the 1975-75 season. He won the Wilkinson Sword Award as the Buffalo Sabres MVP in 1973-74. He set a Buffalo Sabres team record for the fastest three goals by one player with three goals in span of 3:49 on Dec. 22, 1974, at Washington. He set a Buffalo record (since tied) for the most shorthanded goals in a game with two on Dec. 22, 1974, at Washington.

Luce was voted the Bill Masterson Trophy winner for the 1974-75 season which is awarded to the NHL player annually who best demonstrates the qualities of perseverance, leadership and dedication to the sport of hockey

Don represented Buffalo in 1975 NHL All-Star Game. He set Sabres single season records for shorthanded goals (8) and highest plus-minus rating (plus-61) in 1974-75. The eight shorthanded goals were also an NHL record (since broken), breaking Dave Keon's previous mark of seven. He scored the first postseason shorthanded goal in Buffalo Sabres history on May 3, 1975, at Montreal and played on Buffalo team that went to 1975 Stanley Cup Finals. H e scored the series winning goal at 14:27 of overtime as Buffalo eliminated St. Louis from the first round of the 1976 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Luce was traded by new Sabres GM/coach Scotty Bowman to the Los Angeles Kings March 10th 1981 for a 1982 sixth round draft pick which he used to draft Jeff Parker 111th overall. He left Buffalo ranked third behind Gil Perreault and Craig Ramsay for most games as Sabre with 766. The Kings later traded Don to Toronto where he finished his career.

Don was named as the head coach of the Pine Bridge Bucks in the ACHL prior to 1983-84 season. He was a pro scout for Buffalo for the 1984-85 season and also served as a part time assistant coach for the Sabres that season. He was an assistant coach for Buffalo for parts of 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons.

Luce was named the director of U.S. Scouting for the Sabres prior to 1985-86 season and remained in position through 1986-87 season. He was named Buffalo’s Director of Amateur Evaluation and Development prior to 1987-88 season and remained in that position through 1989-90 season. Played key role in helping to get Alexander Mogilny out of USSR and into NHL in 1989.

He was then named Buffalo’s Director of Player Personnel prior to 1990-91 season and remained in that position through 2004-05 season. His work was recognized when The Hockey News ranked team's prospects No. 2 in NHL for 1997. He was named Buffalo Director of Player Development prior to 2005-06 season and remained in that position through 2005-06 season. Luce left the Sabres in July 2006, when the team let him go and cut much of its scouting department. Luce had been responsible for bringing in the likes of Alexander Mogilny, Maxim Afinogenov, Martin Biron, Brian Campbell, and Jason Pominville.

Luce was named the Director of Player development for the Philadelphia Flyers in late November 2006. He was a pro scout for the Flyers starting in the 2012-13 season and joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in that same capacity on September 20th 2015. He is now retired from hockey

Don Luce played 894 career NHL games, scoring 225 goals and 329 assists for 554 points. His best statistical season was the 1974-75 when he set career highs with 33 goals and 76 points.

Don was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 1986 and into the Greater Buffalo Sports hall of Fame in 1997.

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Happy Birthday to Glenn Hall, born on this day in hockey history, October 3rd 1931. Glenn earner the nickname “Mr. Goalie” over his 21 year career. He developed the innovative Butterfly Style of goaltending is credited with incorporating the butterfly style of goaltending which was revolutionary in its day where goaltenders played a stand up style primarily because keeping their head above the crossbar protected their faces better. As a result goalies would leave a wide open “Five Hole” between their legs and tended to let in some easy shots along the ice. Tony Esposito further popularized this style in the 1970’s and today most goalies use a modernized butterfly style in a golden era of great goaltenders (But boring hockey).



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This day in hockey history, October 3rd,1989, Darryl Sittler, Vladislav Tretiak and Herbie Lewis were inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with "builders" Alan Eagleson and Father David Bauer.




This day in hockey history, October 3rd 1953 ,Wally Hergesheimer of the New York Rangers scored twice within 5:25 of the opening faceoff to set an all star record game for the fastest two goals from the start of a game, as the all stars beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens 3-1. Hergesheimer went on to score a career best 30 goals and 59 points that season.




Happy Birthday to Glenn Hall, born on this day in hockey history, October 3rd 1931. Glenn earner the nickname “Mr. Goalie” over his 21 year career. He developed the innovative Butterfly Style of goaltending is credited with incorporating the butterfly style of goaltending which was revolutionary in its day where goaltenders played a stand up style primarily because keeping their head above the crossbar protected their faces better. As a result goalies would leave a wide open “Five Hole” between their legs and tended to let in some easy shots along the ice. Tony Esposito further popularized this style in the 1970’s and today most goalies use a modernized butterfly style in a golden era of great goaltenders (But boring hockey).

Happy Birthday to “Gentleman” Jean Ratelle, born on this day in hockey history, October 3rd 1940. Over his 21 season career with the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins he averaged almost a point a game. Combining a high level of playing ability with great sportsmanship, he twice won the Lady Byng Trophy.

His greatest success came with the linemates Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield to form the GAG line (Goal A Game). He was the annual scoring leader for the Rangers from 1968 and 1973 when the team was a powerhouse and ranked among the best teams in the NHL.




Ratelle’s greatest season was 1971-72 when he led the league’s scorers with 109 points and certainly would have beaten the legendary Phil Esposito for the scoring tittle when he was injured and missed the final 15 games of the season.

At that time only three players had ever scored more than the 109 points in Ratelle’s injury shortend season including Esposito, Bobby Orr and Johnny Bucyk. Ratelle was voted the winner of the Lester Pearson Trophy as the best player in the league as chosen by the NHL players.




In one of the most shocking trades in NHL history, November 1975, Ratelle was traded along with Brad Park and Joe Zanussi to the Rangers hated arch rivals the Boston Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais. Ratelle Ratelle had started the year relatively slowly going 5-10-15 in 13 games for the blueshirts (1.15 PPG) but picked up the pace with the Bruins with 31 goals and 90 points in 67 games (1.34 PPG). And finished with 105 points, the second best total of his career. He continued his excellent play with the B’s for several more years as the Boston fans marveled at his all around game, slick passing and mastery of the face off circle until he retired in 1981.




Ratelle played twenty one seasons in the NHL scoring 491 goals and adding 776 assists for 1,267 points. ranking him as the sixth all time leading scorer when he retired.. While he never played on a team that won the Stanley Cup championship, he was a member of the 1972 Team Canada squad that defeated the Soviet Union He earned his reputation as a gentlemanly player, finishing in the top-five for the Lady Byng Trophy awarded for sportsmanship and excellence nine times, including a stretch between the 1970 and 1978 seasons where he was in the top three six times and won the trophy twice.

Ratelle was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985. In 2009, Ratelle was ranked No. 7 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats. The Rangers plan to retire Ratelle's No. 19 jersey on February 25, 2018.




This day in hockey history, October 3rd,1959, Jean Beliveau scored two goals, and teammate Doug Harvey added three assists, as the Canadiens beat the All Stars 6-1 at the 13th NHL All Star game, in Montreal.




This day in hockey history, October 3rd 1934 , the Montreal Canadiens traded Howie Morenz, Marty Burke and Lorne Chabot to the Chicago Black Hawks in exchange for Lionel Conacher, Roger Jenkins and Leroy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy was the first American born player to skate for the Red Wings.
















On May 15, 1926, the Townsend syndicate of investors was granted a conditional expansion NHL franchise, to begin play in the upcoming season if their arena was ready. For players, the syndicate decided to purchase one of the most successful teams from the bankrupt Western Canada Hockey League, the Victoria Cougars, who had won the Stanley Cup in 1925. On September 25, 1926, the NHL made the franchise purchase permanent, although the arena was not ready.The expansion club kept the Cougars name. The club played in Windsor for the entire season.




On this day in hockey history, October 4th 1926, the Townsend Syndicate, owners of the new Detroit Cougars franchise who would begin NHL play in a month, purchased the Victoria Cougars team from the defunct Western Hockey League for $100,000 because they needed players for their NHL team The Victoria players made up nearly half of the Detroit squad which played it’s first season across the river from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario because the Olympia was not yet ready in Detroit. The Detroit team would be known as the Falcons in 1930 before changing their name to the Red Wings in 1932.




This day in hockey history, October 4th 1934, Connie Madigan was born in Port Arthur, Ontario. Madigan is remembered as the oldest rookie in NHL history at age 38 with the St. Louis Blues. He had been a long time player in the minor leagues primarily for the Portland Buckaroos of the Western Hockey League. Madigan played in 20 games for the Blues during the 1972-73 season and had three assists. He appeared in the movie Slap Shot as “Mad Dog” Madigan,


This day in hockey history, October 4th 1991, the San Jose Sharks lost 4-3 to the Vancouver Canucks in their their first NHL game. Jeff Hackett was besiged with 52 shots and Crag Coxe a native of Chula Vista California, scored the first goal in Sharks history. The sharks lost 58 games that season finishing with a 17-58-5 record. The next year was even worse with an 11-71-2 record. But their teal jersey was the NHL’s best seller.

This day in hockey history October 4th 1991, the Edmonton Oilers traded Mark Messier to the New York Rangers for Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice, and Louie DeBrusk. Messier had been the Oilers captain and a member of five Stanley Cup championship teams with Edmonton. Messier would be named the Captain of the Rangers lead them the Cup championship in 1994.

This day in hockey history October 4th 2001, the Detroit Red Wings won 4-3 in OT at San Jose against the Sharks with Brendan Shanahan scoring a hat trick for the second time in his career. On a related note, the Hockey News reported that Shanahan holds the unofficial NHL record for most modern day career Gordie Howe hat tricks, with 17.


 

This day in hockey history, October 2nd 1948, Donald Harold Luce was born in London Ontario. Don played three years of junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers where he led the OHA in assists with 70 in 1967-68. After turning pro he played on the Rangers farm team the Omaha Knights that won the CHL regular season and playoff titles in 1969-70. Luce was named to CHL All-Star First Team.

In spite of two strong seasons in the CHL (1968-69 22 goals and 56 points in 72 games and 1969-70 with 22 goals and 57 points in 64 games), Luce appeared in only 21 NHL games during that time as the Rangers were a strong team and deep at center with Jean Rattelle, Walt Tkaczuk, Juha Widing and Orland Kurtenbach in an era where team employed only three regular forward lines.



On November 2nd 1970 the Rangers traded Don to the Detroit Red Wings for Steve Andrascik.

While with Detroit, Luce assisted on Gordie Howe’s last goal before he retired from the Red Wings. Then on May 15th 1971, Don was traded to the Buffalo Sabres along with defenseman Mike Robitaille for goaltender Joe Daley.

Luce blossomed in Buffalo where he developed into one of the best two way players of the 1970’s. Don won the Buffalo Sabres' Unsung Hero Trophy and Wilkinson Sword Award as team's Most Improved Player in 1971-72. He recorded the first playoff assist in Buffalo Sabres history on April 4, 1973, at Montreal. He was the inaugural winner of the Buffalo Sabres' Charley Barton Silver Stick Award for dedication and spirit in 1972-73.

Don was named an alternate captain during 1973-74 season and wore the "A" through the 1975-75 season. He won the Wilkinson Sword Award as the Buffalo Sabres MVP in 1973-74. He set a Buffalo Sabres team record for the fastest three goals by one player with three goals in span of 3:49 on Dec. 22, 1974, at Washington. He set a Buffalo record (since tied) for the most shorthanded goals in a game with two on Dec. 22, 1974, at Washington.

Luce was voted the Bill Masterson Trophy winner for the 1974-75 season which is awarded to the NHL player annually who best demonstrates the qualities of perseverance, leadership and dedication to the sport of hockey

Don represented Buffalo in 1975 NHL All-Star Game. He set Sabres single season records for shorthanded goals (8) and highest plus-minus rating (plus-61) in 1974-75. The eight shorthanded goals were also an NHL record (since broken), breaking Dave Keon's previous mark of seven. He scored the first postseason shorthanded goal in Buffalo Sabres history on May 3, 1975, at Montreal and played on Buffalo team that went to 1975 Stanley Cup Finals. H e scored the series winning goal at 14:27 of overtime as Buffalo eliminated St. Louis from the first round of the 1976 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Luce was traded by new Sabres GM/coach Scotty Bowman to the Los Angeles Kings March 10th 1981 for a 1982 sixth round draft pick which he used to draft Jeff Parker 111th overall. He left Buffalo ranked third behind Gil Perreault and Craig Ramsay for most games as Sabre with 766. The Kings later traded Don to Toronto where he finished his career.

Don was named as the head coach of the Pine Bridge Bucks in the ACHL prior to 1983-84 season. He was a pro scout for Buffalo for the 1984-85 season and also served as a part time assistant coach for the Sabres that season. He was an assistant coach for Buffalo for parts of 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons.


Luce was named the director of U.S. Scouting for the Sabres prior to 1985-86 season and remained in position through 1986-87 season. He was named Buffalo’s Director of Amateur Evaluation and Development prior to 1987-88 season and remained in that position through 1989-90 season. Played key role in helping to get Alexander Mogilny out of USSR and into NHL in 1989.

He was then named Buffalo’s Director of Player Personnel prior to 1990-91 season and remained in that position through 2004-05 season. His work was recognized when The Hockey News ranked team's prospects No. 2 in NHL for 1997. He was named Buffalo Director of Player Development prior to 2005-06 season and remained in that position through 2005-06 season. Luce left the Sabres in July 2006, when the team let him go and cut much of its scouting department. Luce had been responsible for bringing in the likes of Alexander Mogilny, Maxim Afinogenov, Martin Biron, Brian Campbell, and Jason Pominville.

Luce was named the Director of Player development for the Philadelphia Flyers in late November 2006. He was a pro scout for the Flyers starting in the 2012-13 season and joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in that same capacity on September 20th 2015. He is now retired from hockey



Don Luce played 894 career NHL games, scoring 225 goals and 329 assists for 554 points. His best statistical season was the 1974-75 when he set career highs with 33 goals and 76 points.

Don was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 1986 and into the Greater Buffalo Sports hall of Famein 1997.

Happy Birthday to Glenn Hall, born on this day in hockey history, October 3rd 1931. Glenn earner the nickname “Mr. Goalie” over his 21 year career. He developed the innovative Butterfly Style of goaltending is credited with incorporating the butterfly style of goaltending which was revolutionary in its day where goaltenders played a stand up style primarily because keeping their head above the crossbar protected their faces better. As a result goalies would leave a wide open “Five Hole” between their legs and tended to let in some easy shots along the ice. Tony Esposito further popularized this style in the 1970’s and today most goalies use a modernized butterfly style in a golden era of great goaltenders (But boring hockey).


This day in hockey history, October 3rd,1989, Darryl Sittler, Vladislav Tretiak and Herbie Lewis were inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with "builders" Alan Eagleson and Father David Bauer.


This day in hockey history, October 3rd 1953 ,Wally Hergesheimer of the New York Rangers scored twice within 5:25 of the opening faceoff to set an all star record game for the fastest two goals from the start of a game, as the all stars beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens 3-1. Hergesheimer went on to score a career best 30 goals and 59 points that season.


Happy Birthday to Glenn Hall, born on this day in hockey history, October 3rd 1931. Glenn earner the nickname “Mr. Goalie” over his 21 year career. He developed the innovative Butterfly Style of goaltending is credited with incorporating the butterfly style of goaltending which was revolutionary in its day where goaltenders played a stand up style primarily because keeping their head above the crossbar protected their faces better. As a result goalies would leave a wide open “Five Hole” between their legs and tended to let in some easy shots along the ice. Tony Esposito further popularized this style in the 1970’s and today most goalies use a modernized butterfly style in a golden era of great goaltenders (But boring hockey).

Happy Birthday to “Gentleman” Jean Ratelle, born on this day in hockey history, October 3rd 1940. Over his 21 season career with the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins he averaged almost a point a game. Combining a high level of playing ability with great sportsmanship, he twice won the Lady Byng Trophy.

His greatest success came with the linemates Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield to form the GAG line (Goal A Game). He was the annual scoring leader for the Rangers from 1968 and 1973 when the team was a powerhouse and ranked among the best teams in the NHL.


Ratelle’s greatest season was 1971-72 when he led the league’s scorers with 109 points and certainly would have beaten the legendary Phil Esposito for the scoring tittle when he was injured and missed the final 15 games of the season.

At that time only three players had ever scored more than the 109 points in Ratelle’s injury shortend season including Esposito, Bobby Orr and Johnny Bucyk. Ratelle was voted the winner of the Lester Pearson Trophy as the best player in the league as chosen by the NHL players.


In one of the most shocking trades in NHL history, November 1975, Ratelle was traded along with Brad Park and Joe Zanussi to the Rangers hated arch rivals the Boston Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais. Ratelle Ratelle had started the year relatively slowly going 5-10-15 in 13 games for the blueshirts (1.15 PPG) but picked up the pace with the Bruins with 31 goals and 90 points in 67 games (1.34 PPG). And finished with 105 points, the second best total of his career. He continued his excellent play with the B’s for several more years as the Boston fans marveled at his all around game, slick passing and mastery of the face off circle until he retired in 1981.


Ratelle played twenty one seasons in the NHL scoring 491 goals and adding 776 assists for 1,267 points. ranking him as the sixth all time leading scorer when he retired.. While he never played on a team that won the Stanley Cup championship, he was a member of the 1972 Team Canada squad that defeated the Soviet Union He earned his reputation as a gentlemanly player, finishing in the top-five for the Lady Byng Trophy awarded for sportsmanship and excellence nine times, including a stretch between the 1970 and 1978 seasons where he was in the top three six times and won the trophy twice.

Ratelle was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985. In 2009, Ratelle was ranked No. 7 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats. The Rangers plan to retire Ratelle's No. 19 jersey on February 25, 2018.


This day in hockey history, October 3rd,1959, Jean Beliveau scored two goals, and teammate Doug Harvey added three assists, as the Canadiens beat the All Stars 6-1 at the 13th NHL All Star game, in Montreal.


This day in hockey history, October 3rd 1934 , the Montreal Canadiens traded Howie Morenz, Marty Burke and Lorne Chabot to the Chicago Black Hawks in exchange for Lionel Conacher, Roger Jenkins and Leroy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy was the first American born player to skate for the Red Wings.






On May 15, 1926, the Townsend syndicate of investors was granted a conditional expansion NHL franchise, to begin play in the upcoming season if their arena was ready. For players, the syndicate decided to purchase one of the most successful teams from the bankrupt Western Canada Hockey League, the Victoria Cougars, who had won the Stanley Cup in 1925. On September 25, 1926, the NHL made the franchise purchase permanent, although the arena was not ready.The expansion club kept the Cougars name. The club played in Windsor for the entire season.


On this day in hockey history, October 4th 1926, the Townsend Syndicate, owners of the new Detroit Cougars franchise who would begin NHL play in a month, purchased the Victoria Cougars team from the defunct Western Hockey League for $100,000 because they needed players for their NHL team The Victoria players made up nearly half of the Detroit squad which played it’s first season across the river from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario because the Olympia was not yet ready in Detroit. The Detroit team would be known as the Falcons in 1930 before changing their name to the Red Wings in 1932.


This day in hockey history, October 4th 1934, Connie Madigan was born in Port Arthur, Ontario. Madigan is remembered as the oldest rookie in NHL history at age 38 with the St. Louis Blues. He had been a long time player in the minor leagues primarily for the Portland Buckaroos of the Western Hockey League. Madigan played in 20 games for the Blues during the 1972-73 season and had three assists. He appeared in the movie Slap Shot as “Mad Dog” Madigan,



This day in hockey history, October 4th 1991, the San Jose Sharks lost 4-3 to the Vancouver Canucks in their their first NHL game. Jeff Hackett was besiged with 52 shots and Crag Coxe a native of Chula Vista California, scored the first goal in Sharks history. The sharks lost 58 games that season finishing with a 17-58-5 record. The next year was even worse with an 11-71-2 record. But their teal jersey was the NHL’s best seller.

This day in hockey history October 4th 1991, the Edmonton Oilers traded Mark Messier to the New York Rangers for Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice, and Louie DeBrusk. Messier had been the Oilers captain and a member of five Stanley Cup championship teams with Edmonton. Messier would be named the Captain of the Rangers lead them the Cup championship in 1994.

This day in hockey history October 4th 2001, the Detroit Red Wings won 4-3 in OT at San Jose against the Sharks with Brendan Shanahan scoring a hat trick for the second time in his career. On a related note, the Hockey News reported that Shanahan holds the unofficial NHL record for most modern day career Gordie Howe hat tricks, with 17.




On this day in hockey history, October 5th 1932, the Detroit Falcons are renamed the Red Wings. The team logo is changed to a winged wheel and red uniforms are introduced. It's the third name for the franchise, known as the Detroit Cougars from 1926-30 and the Detroit Falcons from 1930-32.



On this day in hockey history, October 5th 1976, the Colorado Rockies made their debut in Denver and defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 with rookie forward Larry Skinner scoring the first goal. The franchise had just transferred from Kansas City where they played from 1974-1976 and had been known as the Scouts. The franchise would relocate again in 1982, to New Jersey where on October 4th 1982 the New Jersey Devils would play their first NHL game, a 3-3 tie with the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.



On this day in hockey history, October 5th 1983, Wayne Gretzky scored a goal and added an assist as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 at the Northlands Coliseum. Thus began Gretzky’s famous record 51 game scoring streak where he had at least one point in every Oilers game until January 28th 1984.



On this day in hockey history, October 5th 1983, rookie Steve Yzerman scored his first career NHL goal as the Detroit Red Wings' tied the Jets 6-6 in Winnipeg. He finished his career with 692 goals, 1,063 assists and 1,755 points in 1, 514 games. And four Stanley Cup championships.






On this day in hockey history, October 5th 1983, Marcel Dionne scored his 545th goal during a 3-3 tie against the Minnesota North Stars at the Forum in Inglewood. With that goal he passes Maurice Richard into fifth place on the NHL’s all time goal scoring list.

On this day in hockey history, October 5th 1990, Kevin Stevens sets an NHL record for most points in a season-opening game when he scores twice and added four assists for six points in the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-4 victory against the Capitals in Washington.

 

On this day in hockey history, October 5th 1993: Neal Broten scored twice and Andy Moog makes 31 saves as the Dallas Stars playing in their first game since relocating from Minnesota defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 at Reunion Arena.


On this day in hockey history, October 5th 2005, Alexander Ovechkin made his NHL debut for the Washington Capitals scoring twice in a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Verizon Center.

Ovechkin had been the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NHL entry draft. The goals are the first two of 52 rookie goals by Ovechkin as he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. He was also named to the first all star team for the first of three consecutive seasons.


This day in hockey history, October 6th, 1955 - Toe Blake made his NHL coaching debut as the Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto 2-0. Jacques Plante got his 11th career shutout.


This day in hockey history, October 6th 1984, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Washington Capitals 4-1 at the Spectrum with Mike Keenan picking up his first NHL coaching victory.

This day in hockey history, October 6th 1992, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers played to a 3-3- tie at the Igloo with Mario Lemieux scoring to begin a team record 12 game goal scoring streak. Flyers rookie Eric Lindros also scored his first NHL goal.

This day in hockey history, October 6th 1996 , Tony Granato, in his second game back from a career-threatening brain surgery in February '96, scored his 6th career hat trick, his first with San Jose, and added an assist in the Sharks' 7-6 overtime win, at Los Angeles.


This day in hockey history, October 6th 1955, the Detroit Red Wings lost 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks as Detroit goaltender Glenn Hall began an NHL record of 502 consecutive complete games played. He started every game and played all 60 minutes during that streak. The streak ended seven years later when Hall was the goaltender for the Blackhawks.

This day in hockey history, October 6th 1976, the Minnesota North Stars lost 6-5 to the New York Rangers in spite of rookie Roland Eriksson tieing an NHL rookie record with four assists in his first NHL game. The mark had been set in 1953 by Earl “Dutch” Reibel of the Detroit Red Wings.


This day in hockey history, October 6th 1989, the New York Rangers defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 with Roger Nielson behind the bench making him the first man in history to coach five different NHL teams. Exactly four years later (1993), he’d become the first man to coach six different teams, when his Florida Panthers tied the Blackhawks 4-4 at Chicago in the Panthers first regular season game.


On this day in hockey history, October 7th 1901, Frank Boucher was born in Ottawa, Ontario.

Although later Rangers such as Gilbert and Mark Messier have been more honored by recent fans, Boucher's status as the star of two Ranger Stanley Cup championship teams and the coach of another makes him, except perhaps for team builder Lester Patrick, as the greatest Ranger of them all.


Boucher played for the Rangers until he retired in 1937–38 and Boucher centered the famous Bread Line with the brothers Bill and Bun Cook. Together they helped the Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1928 and 1933, also reaching the Finals in 1932.


Frank was not only a brilliant forward, but was also one of the game's classies players. Lady Byng, wife of Viscount Byng, the Governor-General of Canada, donated a trophy to be awarded to the NHL's "most gentlemanly player." While playing for the New York Rangers, Boucher won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy 7 times in 8 years. He was then given the trophy outright, and Lady Byng donated another trophy to the NHL.


The Rangers hired him to coach the New York Rovers, a minor-league team that also played at Madison Square Garden, as his apprenticeship to coaching the Rangers. When general manager Lester Patrick made the decision to retire from coaching prior to the 1939–40 season, he hired Boucher, who led his Ranger club to the last Stanley Cup. The franchise would be in existence for 68 seasons before they won a Cup without Boucher being directly involved.


After finishing first in the NHL's regular season in 1942, the Rangers lost in the playoffs to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Soon they became victims of the military draft of World War II and went into a steep decline. In 1943–44 NHL season the New York Rangers were so bad that Boucher came out of retirement for 15 games to play where he recorded 14 points; at age 42, he was the oldest position player ever to play in the NHL, a record he held until surpassed by Doug Harvey in 1968. The Rangers finished the 50 game season with only 6 wins. From 1940 to 1972 they reached the Stanley Cup Finals only once.


When Patrick retired, Frank took over as general manager. He got the Rangers into the playoffs in 1947–48 with his trade to get Buddy O'Connor and Frank Eddolls. He stepped down from coaching to concentrate on his manager's job and hired Lynn Patrick, Lester's son and an ex-teammate, to coach the Rangers, and Lynn came very close to winning the Stanley Cup in 1950, proving Boucher astute in hiring him as coach. But the Rangers were an aging team, and eroded. Lynn Patrick resigned to go to Boston, and neither Neil Colville nor Bill Cook, also former teammates of Boucher's, could get the Rangers into the playoffs. General John Kilpatrick, the Rangers' owner, thought about replacing Boucher, but he held off.


During the 1945–46 season, Boucher became the first coach to use two goalies regularly. Alternating Charlie Rayner and Jim Henry every game, and later, every four to six minutes, he proved the usefulness of having two goalies.


Frank went back behind the bench in 1953–54, but could not get the Rangers into the playoffs. He then hired Muzz Patrick, another son of Lester and ex-teammate, to coach the team, but the Rangers won only 17 games and missed the playoffs again. So General Kilpatrick had a talk with Frank and reluctantly expressed that Frank could not build the Rangers into a winner, and recommended Frank resign as general manager. Frank thought it over, realizing that it was better than being fired. He then typed his resignation and handed it in to the General, ending his 29-year association with the Rangers.


He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958. In 1998, he was ranked number 61 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. His uniform number 7 hangs in the rafters of Madison Square Garden, although it was retired for a later Ranger, Rod Gilbert.


In 1974, Boucher wrote When the Rangers Were Young, a book about his experiences with the old-time Broadway Blueshirts, giving him one last moment of fame during his lifetime. He died of cancer on December 12, 1977 in the town of Kemptville, Ontario, near Ottawa at the age of 76. In 2009, Boucher was ranked No. 9 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats.


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On this day in hockey history, October 7th1991, Mark Messier was introduced as the 22nd captain in Rangers history in a pre game ceremony prior to the Blueshirts’ home opener. Messier would set up Mike Gartner’s game-winning goal in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins.

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On this day in hockey history, October 7th2001, In the Rangers’ first regular season game in New York after the 9/11 tragedy, Brian Leetch scores the overtime winner in a 5-4 Rangers victory over the Buffalo Sabres at MSG. Also, Mike Richter becomes the first Rangers goaltender to appear in 600 games.

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On this day in hockey history, October 7th 1954, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1, extending their opening-night unbeaten streak to 15 games (14-0-1).

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On this day in hockey history, October 7th 1955, New York Rangers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 7-4 as rookie Andy Hebenton played his first career game, the first of 630 consecutive games, an NHL record at the time.

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On this day in hockey history, October 7th 1983, the Minnesota North Stars scored four power play goals and the Vancouver Canucks scored six in a 10-9 win by Vancouver.

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This day in hockey history, October 7th 1986, 21 year old Steve Yzerman was named the youngest captain in Detroit Red Wings history and the teams 34thcaptain. He’d would remain captain for 19 seasons.

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On this day in hockey history, October 7th 1996, the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Boston Bruins 5-2 with Mike Gartner scoring the first goal in Coyotes history in the first NHL game played in Arizona. He added two more to also score the first hat trick in team history.


On this day in hockey history, October 7th2001, the first hockey game since the 9/11 tragedy was played in New York City, as the Rangers beat the Sabres 5-4 in overtime. Newly acquired Eric Lindros scored his first goal as a Ranger and added an assist.


On this day in hockey history, October 7th 2000, the Toronto Maple Leafs shutout the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 in the season opener at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. As at the end of the 2006-07 season, the Leafs and Canadiens have played each other a total of 766 times in the regular season, more than any other two teams in NHL history. The Habs lead with 355 wins 285 losses 88 ties and 8 OT losses. In the playoffs the Habs have won seven series and the Leafs six but have not met in the postseason since 1979.

On this day in hockey history, October 7th 1995 , the Montreal Canadiens retired jersey #1 worn by goaltender Jacques Plante three decades earlier, as the Canadiens lost 7-1 in their season opener to the Flyers, at the Forum.
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On this day in hockey history, October 7th1995 , Cam Neely became the first player in NHL history to get an opening night hat trick twice in his career.

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On this day in hockey history, October 7th1972, Nassau Veterans County Coliseum opened in New York, but the Islanders lost their first NHL game, 3-2 to the Atlanta Flames. Eddie Westfall scored the Isles' first goal. Visit vintagehockeyjerseys.net for more vintage hockey

On this day in hockey history, October 7th1976, Bobby Orr played his first game with the Chicago Black Hawks. He scored a goal and added an assist, as the Black Hawks won 6-4 at St. Louis.

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On this day in hockey history, October 7th 1990, Penguins rookie Jaromir Jagr scored the first goal of his NHL career in his second NHL game as Pittsburgh won 7-4 over the Devils. Visit vintagehockeyjerseys.net for more vintage hockey


This day in hockey history, October 10th1974, the Buffalo Sabresdefeated the Boston Bruins 9-5 at the Aud in Buffalo with rookie right wing Danny Gare opening the scoring with his first NHL goal, only 18 seconds into his first NHL game, the second fastest NHL goal ever scored by a rookie. The record is 15 seconds, set by Gus Bodnar in 1943.

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This day in hockey history, October 10th 1979, Wayne Gretzky earned his first NHL point assisting on a goal by Kevin Lowe as the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game as an NHL team lost 4-2 to the Blackhawks at the venerable Chicago Stadium.

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This day in hockey history, October 10th 1979, the Quebec Nordiques lost 5-3 to the Atlanta Flames with Real Cloutier scoring three times becoming the second player in NHL history to score a hat trick in his first career game.

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This day in hockey history, October 10th1989, the Calgary Flames won 4-2 at the Meadowlands against New Jersey. What made the game historic was that with the Cold War era drawing to a close, four Soviet players faced each other for the first time in an NHL game; Viacheslav Fetisov and Sergei Starikov of the New Jersey Devils went up against Calgary’s Sergei Makarov and Sergei Priakin. Sergei, Sergei, Sergei. And Slava.

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This day in hockey history, October 10th1979, the Winnipeg Jets lost 4-2 at the Igloo against the Penguins with Gary Smith of the Jets becoming the first goaltender in NHL history to play for seven different NHL teams.

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This day in hockey history, October 10th1987, the Hartford Whalers lost 6-2 to the New York Rangers as Doug Jarvis played in his NHL record 964th consecutive game. Jarvis’s streak ended that night as he sat out the next game with an injury, and never played another NHL game.

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This day in hockey history, October 11th 1924, the NHL sold franchises to the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Maroons for $15,000. The Montreal Canadiens received $11,000 of the Maroons fees as compensation for their infringement of their territorial rights in Montreal. The Bruins were the first NHL franchise in the United States. The first managers of these teams also left their mark on the NHL with trophies named after them; Boston’s manager was Art Ross and Montreal’s was Cecil Hart.

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This day in hockey history, October 11th 1952, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Montreal. This was the first hockey game ever televised by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

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This day in hockey history, October 11th 1953 , the Detroit Redwings whitewashed the Toronto Maple leafs 3-0 with Dave Gatherum earning the shutout in his first NHL game. He was the seventh goalie to accomplish that feat. He only played two more NHL games allowing only three goals in his three game career, winning two games with one tie and sporting a 1.00 GAA. He had filled in while Terry Sawchuck was injured and never got another chance to play in the NHL. He was number three on the Red Wings depth cart behind Sawchcuk and Glenn Hall, both future Hall Of Famers. That’s just how tough it was to make it in the six team league with only six jobs and each goalie playing the entire schedule.

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This day in hockey history, October 11th 1967, the Minnesota North Stars and St. Louis Blues tied 2-2 in the first NHL game for each team. Larry Keenan scored the first Blues goal and Bill Masterton scored the first ever goal by the North Stars.

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This day in hockey history, October 11th 1984, rookie Mario Lemieux scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game, in his first NHL shift, and on his first shot, Pittsburgh rookie Mario Lemieux scored his first NHL goal. And added an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins lost 4-3 to the Boston Bruins.

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This day in hockey history, October 11th1979, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Washington Capitals 6-3 with Lindy Ruff scoring his first NHL goal and Scotty Bowman behind the bench coaching his first game for the Sabres.

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This day in hockey history, October 11th1930, the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired two time Stanley Cup winner (1923, 1927)King Clancy from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Art Smith, Eric Pettinger and $35,000 ($500,000 in 2017 dollars). With the Leafs, Clancy was a four time all star, first team in 1931 and 1934 and 2nd team 1932 and 1933. He won a third Stanley Cup championship with Toronto in 1933.

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This day in hockey history, October 11th1973, Kate Smith made her first live appearance at the Spectrum, and the Flyers won 2-0 over Toronto.

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This day in hockey history, October 11th1967, two former Toronto Maple Leafs opened the scoring for the expansion California Seals as Kent Douglas scored the first goal in Seals history assisted by Bobby Baun, the Seals' first captain. Kent Douglas had won the Calder trophy as rookie of the year with the Leafs in 1963.

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On this day in Toronto Maple Leafs history, October 11th2007, Leafs captain Mats Sundin scored his 39th goal of the season in the third period of an 8-1 victory against the New York Islanders. He passed Darryl Sittler and became the teams all time leading scorer with his 390th goal and 917th point as a Leaf in his 912th game. Sundin finished his career with 1346 game played scoring 564 goals 785 assists and 1349 points with only 373 PIM. As a Leaf he finished with 981 games played scoring 420 goals and 567 assists for 987 points with only 273 PIM.


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This day in hockey history, October 12th1940, the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League opened their hockey season in Buffalo’s brand new Memorial Auditorium which opened its doors to hockey for the first time. The team had previously played at the Broadway Arena which is now a municipal garage for the cities snowplowsas well as at the Ft. Erie Arena in Ft. Erie Ontario.

This day in hockey history, October 12th 1963, Jacques Plante returned to the Montreal Forum for the first time as a member of the New York Rangers. The fans were happy to see him back in the Forum and cheered him. But they were also probably happy that Plante lost the game 6-2.



This day in hockey history, October 1
2th 1972, the New York Islanders defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 for their first victory in team history with Germain Gagnon scoring the game winner ed with just 69 seconds remaining. Rookie Billy Harris scored two goals. The win evened their record at 1-1. They finish the season 12-60-6.

This day in hockey history, October 1
2th 1976, New York Rangers' Don Murdoch scored five goals to tie the NHL record for most goals in a game by a rookie, in a 10-4 win over the Minnesota North Stars. The five goals tied the mark set in 1944 by Toronto's Howie Meeker.

This day in
New York Rangers history, October 12th 1978, Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg played in their first NHL game as the New York Rangers' tied the Philadelphia Flyers 3-3 at Madison Square Garden.

This day in hockey history, October 12
th 1980, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at the Spectrum with Wilf Paiment scoringthe 100,000 goal in NHL historyinto the empty net to clinch the victory.



This day in hockey history, October 12th 1988, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 with Greg Adams scoring a hat trick and adding an assist. The win ended an 0-24-3 (27 game) winless streak by the ‘Nucks against the Oilers.


This day in hockey history, October 12th 1988, the Chicago Blackhawks knocked off the Winnipeg Jets 10-1. Denis Savard scored two shorties to tie a club record and added three helpers, and Rick Vaive had his 13th career hat trick and an assist.

This day in hockey history, October 12th 1992, the Vancouver Canucks beat the Winnipeg Jets 8-1. Pavel Bure had four goals including a pair of shorties for his first NHL hat trick and added an assist.

This day in hockey history, October 12th 1996, Dale Hunter scored a goal in a 4-3 Washington Capitals loss to the Los Angeles Kings to become the first player in NHL history to score 300 goals and have 3,000 penalty minutes in his career.