December 21, 2011

This Day In Hockey History: Dec 21st

1929 - NHL implemented the new "offside" rule for the first time in league play. Forward passing would now be permitted inside all three zones, but not across the blue lines.

1937 - Chicago's Paul Thompson became the first player in NHL history to score a goal against his brother, when he scored on Bruins' goalie Cecil "Tiny" Thompson, at 19:51 of the third period, in a 2-1 Black Hawks' loss at Boston Garden.

1938 - Detroit Red Wings took the first charter flight in team history, when they flew from New York to Chicago for a game.

1972 - Boston's Bobby Orr had an assist to set a new NHL record for career points (541) by a defenseman. It came in Orr's 423rd career NHL game, an 8-1 win over Detroit. Doug Harvey held the previous record, with 540 points in 1,113 games.

1979 - Garry Unger's NHL record for consecutive games played streak ended at 914, when Atlanta coach Al MacNeil benched him during a 5-1 Flames loss to the visiting St. Louis Blues. (The record was later upped to 964 games by Doug Jarvis.)

Happy Birthday to Joe Kocur, Peter Marsh and Steve Montador.

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