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This Date in Hockey History: Oct 23rd


1966 - Boston rookie defenseman Bobby Orr fired a 50 foot shot past Canadiens' Gump Worsley for his first NHL goal, during a 3-2 Bruins' loss to Montreal.

1971 - Montreal's Guy Lafleur scored his first career NHL goal. It came against Kings' goalie Gary Edwards in the Canadiens' 3-1 win at Los Angeles.

1982 - Montreal rookie Guy Carbonneu scored the first goal of his NHL career, in a 9-5 Canadiens'
win over the Quebec Nordiques, at the Forum.

1982 - Boston's Normand Leveille suffered a career-ending cerebral hemorrhage during the first intermission at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum. Bruins lost 3-2 to the Canucks.

1988 - Dave Newell (in his 22nd NHL season) set an NHL record by officiating in his 1,076th career game.

Happy Birthday to Gordie Drillon, Louis Sleigher, Matt D'Agostini, Larry Wilson, Benny Wolf, Fred Shero and Sugar Jim Henry.

Comments

Chazac said…
Thanks for posting a hockey card for Normand Leveille of the Boston Bruins. I assure you that Normand has not been forgotten by the Bruins fans or Alumni. While I have witnessed many moving and emotional sports moments over the years - one of the best was when the Bruins closed the Old Boston Gardens and that night they had all the old Bruins come out on the ice. Terry O'Reilly and Stan Jonathan sat in the Penalty Box, Phil Esposito skated to the slot area, Gerry Cheevers went a stood by the North side Goal area ... but the sight of Raymond Bourque bringing out Normand Leveille on skates to the cheers and tears of the Boston fans was the tearjerker of the night. I was in Montreal with my wife about 10 years ago attending a Habs game when Normand and a female attendant sat down a few rows in front of us. I went down to talk to him and tell him how much I admired his courage and wished him well in the future. I smiled at me and in French asked if I was a Bruins fan - I said 'Oui, je suis un grand fan des Bruins du Boston' and he replied 'Don je suis, mais mon cœur reste à Montréal' which roughly translated means - So am I but my heart now resides in Montreal ....

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