February 22, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: Feb 22nd

1934 - Lionel Hitchman played his final NHL game in a 3-1 Bruins' loss to Ottawa, the team with which he started his career, at Boston Garden. Art Ross declared his jersey #3 retired at the conclusion of the game.

1956 - Lou Fontinato set a new NHL penalty minute record; his 169 PIM for the season broke the old record of 167 set by Red Horner in 1935-36.

1959 - Ted Lindsay scored his 6th and final career hat trick (and his only one with Chicago) in the Black Hawks' 5-1 win against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

1964 - Toronto sent Arnie Brown, Bill Collins, Dick Duff, Bob Nevin, and Rod Seiling to the New York Rangers, in exchange for Andy Bathgate and Don McKenny.

1980 - The U.S. Olympic hockey team upset the Russians 4-3 at Lake Placid in New York, to set off a national celebration. #MiracleOnIce

1984 - Wayne Gretzky scored 4 goals for the second game in as many nights.

1985 - The Hartford Whalers named Ron Francis as their new Team Captain.

1989 - Los Angeles Kings traded Mark Fitzpatrick, Wayne McBean and future considerations (Doug Crossman) to the New York Islanders in exchange for Kelly Hrudey.

1990 - Believe it or not: Calgary's Dana Murzyn scored his first NHL hat trick.

1995 - Mats Naslund made a return to the NHL, playing with the Boston Bruins.

1998 - The Czech Republic, led by the Sabres' goalie Dominik Hasek, captured the men's ice hockey Gold Medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano with a 1-0 win over Russia.

Happy Birthday to Grahame Drinkwater, Pat LaFontaine, Eddie Gerard, Sid Abel, Tim Young, Lorne Henning, Joe Reekie, Dominic Roussel, Aaron Gavey, Jason Marshall, Earl Roche, Des Smith and Brent Severyn.

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