February 05, 2013
This Day In Hockey History: Feb 5th
1925 - Montreal Maroons fired manager Cecil Hart, and named coach Eddie Gerard as their new manager.
1943 - Mervyn "Red" Dutton was named as the new NHL president, replacing Frank Calder, who had passed away the day before. Dutton served until 1946, when Clarence Campbell took over.
1950 - Montreal's Dick Irvin became the first coach in NHL history to win 500 games, when the Canadiens beat the Bruins 5-3 at the Forum in Montreal.
1966 - Chicago's Stan Mikita was cut on the head from a slash by Kent Douglas during the Maple Leafs' 5-2 win over the Black Hawks. Mikita returned the next night wearing a helmet for the first time in his career, and scored two goals.
1966 - Detroit's Bill Gadsby became the first NHL player to appear in 300 or more games with three different teams.
1980 - The Prince of Wales Conference defeated the Clarence Campbell Conference 6-3 in the 32nd Annual NHL All-Star Game in Detroit. Over 21,000 fans witnessed the return of Gordie Howe, who got an assist on the final goal of the game.
1994 - Peter Bondra scored 4 goals on 4 straight shots within a span of 4:12 in the first period, setting an NHL record for fastest four goals by one player. Bondra added another goal in the second period as the Capitals won 6-3 over visiting Tampa Bay.
1998 - Phoenix' Mike Gartner became the NHL's all-time leader in career games by a player who never won a Stanley Cup, when he appeared in his 1,412th NHL game, a 6-2 loss to the Flyers. Gartner passed Hall of Famer Harry Howell (1,411 NHL games).
1999 - Larry Murphy played in his 1,447th game, breaking Tim Horton's NHL record for career games by a defenseman, as the Red Wings lost 3-1 to the visiting Colorado Avalanche.
Happy Birthday to Don Cherry, Jan Hrdina, Larry Hillman, Richard Matvichuk, Norm Dupont, Tomas Kopecky, Christoph Schubert, Kris Beech and Linus Omark.
Posted by Joe Pelletier at 1:26 a.m.