December 19, 2012
This Day In Hockey History: Dec 19th
1917 - The first two games in NHL history were played. Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa 7-4, and Montreal Wanderers beat Toronto 10-9. Montreal Wanderers' defenseman Dave Ritchie scored the first goal in NHL history one minute into the NHL's first game. Montreal Canadiens Joe Malone scored five goals, including the team's first NHL goal and added an assist as the Canadiens defeated Ottawa 7-4, in their first ever NHL game.
1950 - Montreal Canadiens obtained Bert Olmstead from Detroit, in exchange for Leo Gravelle. Olmstead had been traded to Detroit just one week earlier, from Chicago. Olmstead went on to spend the next seven seasons with Montreal.
1967 - Brian Smith scored twice (against his brother Gary, in goal for Oakland) and Bob Wall scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Kings to a 3-1 win over the Oakland Seals, at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
1984 - While playing in his 424th career game, Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky had two goals and four assists to become the fastest player to reach 1,000 career points (breaking Guy Lafleur's record of 720 games). Oilers won 7-3 against the visiting Kings.
1984 - Buffalo's Scotty Bowman became the winningest coach in NHL history with career victory #691 in a 6-3 Sabres' win at Chicago.
1985 - Montreal Canadiens defenseman Larry Robinson scored the only hat trick of his 20 year NHL career, in a 5-4 Canadiens' loss to the Quebec Nordiques.
1995 - Calgary Flames traded Joe Nieuwendyk to the Dallas Stars, in exchange for Corey Millen and the rights to 1995 first round draft pick Jarome Iginla.
1996 - St. Louis Blues fired G.M./Coach Mike Keenan. Ron Caron was named the new General Manager, and Jimmy Roberts took over as interim head coach.
Happy Birthday to Doug Harvey, Robert Lang, Ron Schock, Eric Weinrich, Behn Wilson, Matt Stajan and Scott Pearson.