January 01, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: Jan 1st

Bentley Brothers
1936 - Chicago's Paul Thompson scored the first penalty shot in the Black Hawks' history, as Chicago lost 4-2 to the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

1943 - Chicago defeated the Rangers 6-5 as the Black Hawks introduced a new brother act. Max and Doug were joined by Reggie, to make a trio of Bentleys, the first three brother combo on the same team in NHL history.

1952 - Maurice Richard scored a penalty shot goal 12 seconds into the game, and goaltender Gerry McNeil recorded his 8th career shutout as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the Black Hawks at Chicago.

1961 - Boston rookie Willie O'Ree, the first black player in NHL history, scored his first career goal (the game winner) as the Bruins beat Montreal, 3-2 in Boston.

1973 - Boston's Bobby Orr tied an NHL record for defensemen with six assists in an 8-2 Bruins win at Vancouver. Orr tied the record set by Babe Pratt in 1944 and tied by Pat Stapleton in 1969.

2004 - Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Doug MacLean announed that he was relinquishing head coaching duties for the club and named Gerard Gallant as the interim head coach.

Happy Birthday to Bobby Holik, Jeff Carter, Dave Hunter, Doc Romnes, Murray Armstrong, Phil Roberto, Gerry Hart, Devin Setoguchi, Patric Hornqvist, and Gilbert Brule.

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