This Date in Hockey History: Oct 26th

1980 - Quebec's 24-year-old rookie Peter Stastny scored his first NHL goal.

1995 - Mario Lemieux scored three times to become the first Penguin (and 20th NHL player) to score 500 career goals. The milestone came in his 605th game.

1995 - Colorado Avalanche acquired Sandis Ozolinsh from the San Jose Sharks, in exchange for Owen Nolan.

1997 - Wayne Gretzky picked up 2 assists in the Rangers 3-3 tie with Anaheim, in New York. The 2 assists (#1,850 and 1,851 of his career) gave Gretzky more assists than any other player in history had points (passing Gordie Howe's point total of 1,850).

1997 - Tampa Bay Lightning fired head coach Terry Crisp, who had been the only coach the team's six year history.

1997 - Steve Yzerman passed Alex Delvecchio as the longest serving Captain in NHL history.

Happy Birthday to Harry Oliver, Jack Crawford, Robert Petrovicky, Patrick Rissmiller, Steve Kelly, and Miikka Kiprusoff.