December 07, 2012

This Day In Hockey History: Dec 7th


1919 - Toronto "Arenas" changed their team name to "St. Patricks". They remained the St. Pats until 1926-27 when they changed their named once again -- this time to the "Maple Leafs".

1961 - Jean Beliveau wore the "C" on his Montreal sweater for the first time in his career, when he played his first game of the season in a 4-1 win over Toronto, at the Forum.

1967 - John Bucyk scored twice to become the Boston Bruins all-time leading scorer with his 576th career point. Bucyk passed Milt Schmidt's record of 575 points as the Bruins won the game, 3-1 over New York, at Boston Garden.

1967 - Montreal's John Ferguson became the first player in NHL history to be assessed a triple minor penalty, in a 2-2 tie against Detroit, in Montreal.

1975 - Bruins' captain John Bucyk scored his 507th career goal to tie him with Jean Beliveau for 6th place among the all-time NHL scorers. Boston tied 2-2 with the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

1977 - New England Whalers' Gordie Howe scored his 1,000th professional goal (counting the NHL and WHA) in a WHA Whalers' game against Birmingham.

1996 - New York Islanders retired jersey #9, worn by Clark Gillies, in a pre-game ceremony before a game against the Washington Capitals.

Happy Birthday to Gerry Cheevers, Georges Laraque, Peter Laviolette, Garry Unger, Nick Mickoski, Early Seibert, Ching Johnson, Sergei Priakhin, Milan Michalek and Sean Couturier.

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