Skip to main content

This Day In Hockey History: Jan 24th

1960 - Chicago's Glenn Hall tied the NHL record for consecutive games by a goaltender, when he appeared in his 328th straight game, a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Hall tied the mark set by Montreal's Georges Vezina.

1981 - Islanders' right winger Mike Bossy scored twice in a 7-4 win over the Quebec Nordiques, to become only the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50 goals in the first 50 games of a season. Maurice Richard was the first in 1944-45 season.

1981 - Los Angeles' Charlie Simmer scored his third career hat trick to give him 49 goals in 50 games, as the Kings beat the Bruins, 6-4 in Boston.

1991 - Ray Bourque had two assists in a 3-0 win over the Hartford Whalers, to pass Bobby Orr and become Boston's all-time leading scorer among defensemen.

1999 - Team North American beat Team World 8-6, in the NHL All Star game, in Tampa Bay. Wayne Gretzky had a goal and two assissts, and was named the game's MVP, and Arturs Irbe became the first goaltender to pick up an assist in an All Star Game.

1999 - Vancouver Canucks fired head coach Mike Keenan, and named Marc Crawford as his replacement (the 15th coach in team history).

2001 - Detroit's Larry Murphy became just the second player in league history to appear in 1,600 NHL games, and chipped in with an assist as the Red Wings won 4-3 against the visiting Nashville Predators.

2003 - Mike Modano became the Dallas Stars' franchise all-time leader in games played when he appeared in his 993rd game with the team, a 4-2 win over the Blues, in St. Louis. He broke the record of 992 games held by Neal Broten.

Happy Birthday to Gus Mortson, Guy Charron, Mark Reeds, Tom Kostopoulos, Cy Wentworth, Danny Geoffrion, Bobby Taylor and Peter and Chris Ferraro.


Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M