February 29, 2012
This Day In Hockey History: Feb 29th
1980 - Hartford's Gordie Howe scored his 800th NHL goal to help the Whalers to a 3-0 win over St. Louis, in the Blues' 1,000th regular season game.
1984 - Patrik Sundstrom scored a goal and added six assists as Vancover won 9-5 over the Penguins at Pittsburgh. Sundstrom was just the third player in NHL history to get six assists in a road game (Billy Taylor and Bobby Orr were the others).
1984 - Hartford Whalers signed Dave Tippett as a free agent.
1984 - After competing in the Olympics, Pat LaFontaine and Patrick Flatley made their NHL debuts, when the Islanders won 4-3 over the Jets, at Winnipeg.
1988 - New York Rangers held a "Marcel Dionne" night at MSG, and Dionne assisted on the Rangers' first goal on their way to a 5-2 win over St. Louis.
1988 - Former U.S. Olympic team captain Brian Leetch made his NHL debut and picked up an assist for his first NHL point as the Rangers won 5-2 over the Blues, at MSG.
1992 - Ray Bourque scored a goal and two assists to give him 1,000 career points in the Bruins' 5-5 tie against Capitals.
1996 - Wayne Gretzky played his first game as a member of the St. Louis Blues, and scored his first goal with the team in a 2-2 tie at Vancouver.
2004 - Carolina's Ron Francis became just the second player in NHL history to score 10 (or more) goals for 23 straight seasons, when he connected for the Hurricanes in a 3-3 tie at Minnesota. Francis tied the record set by Gordie Howe.
2004 - Detrot's Nicklas Lidstrom became just the 4th player - and first defenseman - to play 1,000 games with the Red Wings
Happy Leap Day Birthday to Henri Richard, Cam Ward, Simon Gagne, Dan Daoust, Kari Eloranta, Lyndon Byers, Bobby Sanguinetti and Jim Dobson.
Posted by Joe Pelletier at 3:14 a.m.