December 18, 2012
This Day In Hockey History: Dec 18th
1952 - Rookie Jean Beliveau scored his first career NHL hat trick, and Bernie Geoffrion added three goals (for his second career hat trick) in the Canadiens' 6-2 win against the NY Rangers, in Montreal.
1954 - Montreal's Maurice Richard became the first player in NHL history to score 400 career goals, when the Canadiens defeated the Black Hawks 4-2 at Chicago.
1983 - Wayne Gretzky scored two goals and two assists, for his 100th point of the season as the Oilers beat the Winnipeg Jets 7-5. Gretzky's 100th point came in the Oilers 34th game of the season, the fastest 100 points by a player in NHL history.
1986 - Philadelphia Flyers traded Bob Froese to the N.Y. Rangers in exchange for Kjell Samuelsson and second round draft pick in 1989 (Patrik Juhlin).
2002 - Colorado Avalanche fired head coach Bob Hartley and named assistant Tony Granato as his replacement.
Happy Birthday to Jean Pronovost, Dan Cleary, Bob Corkum, Bob Brooke, Brian Boyle, Jeff Finger, Victor Hedman, and Joe Dziedzic.