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.
Posted by Joe Pelletier at 2:46 a.m.