Henri Richard's birthday is today, February 29th! Yes, that's right, he's a leap year baby. The 72 year old is celebrating his 18th birthday today!
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Here's a few more Feb 29th stats:
Other NHLers born on Feb. 29th:
Dan Daoust - 1960
Lyndon Byers - 1964
The Toronto Maple Leafs are 8-2-0 all-time in games played on February 29. Toronto has twice as many wins on Leap Year Day as any other NHL team. The Bruins, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Rangers each have four February 29 wins. The Canadiens are 3-5-1 on Leap Year Day. Montreal’s five losses in February 29 games are the most by any NHL club.
1980 - Hartford's Gordie Howe scored his 800th NHL goal to help the Whalers to a 3-0 win over St. Louis, in the Blues' 1,000th regular season game.
1984 - Pat LaFontaine and Patrick Flatley made their NHL debuts, when the Islanders won 4-3 over the Jets, at Winnipeg. Flatley scored a goal and had an assist in the game.
1988 - New York Rangers held a "Marcel Dionne" night at MSG, and Dionne assisted on the Rangers' first goal on their way to a 5-2 win over St. Louis.
1988 - Former U.S. Olympic team captain Brian Leetch made his NHL debut and picked up an assist for his first NHL point as the Rangers won 5-2 over the Blues, at MSG.
1992 - Ray Bourque scored a goal and two assists to give him 1,000 career points in the Bruins' 5-5 tie against the Caps, at Boston Garden.