March 17, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: March 17th

1934 - In a special St. Patrick's Day stunt, the Toronto Maple Leafs held "King Clancy Night." Clancy wore a green uniform with a large shamrock on the back, but later changed into his regular Leafs' uniform. Toronto won 3-2 over the visiting Rangers.

1940 - In Boston's 7-2 season ending win over Montreal linemates Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the NHL scoring race.

1945 - Detroit's Bill "Flash" Hollett became the first NHL defenseman to score 20 goals in a season. His 20th goal came in a 4-3 Red Wings' win over Toronto.

1955 - A riot erupted in the streets of Montreal as fans protested NHL President Clarence Campell's suspension of Maurice Richard the day before. The Canadiens forfeited the game to the Red Wings after a smoke bomb went off.

1959 - John Wilson played in his 509th consecutive game to break the NHL iron man record set by Murray Murdoch, when the Red Wings beat Chicago 2-0.

1987 - Philadelphia's Tim Kerr became the 7th player in NHL history to score 50 or more goals in four consecutive seasons, as the Flyers beat the Rangers 4-1 at the Spectrum.

1993 - New York Rangers acquired Esa Tikkanen from Edmonton, in exchange for Doug Weight.

1990 - Minnesota rookie Mike Modano scored his first NHL hat trick to lead the North Stars to a 6-2 win over the Penguins, at Pittsburgh.

1990 - Wayne Gretzky picked up his 100th assist of the season in Los Angeles' 5-4 win over Boston. It was the 10th consecutive season Gretzky accomplished the feat - a NHL record.

1990 - Sergei Mylnikov became the first Soviet born goalie to win an NHL game, when he led the Quebec Nordiques to 6-3 win against Philadelphia.

2001 - Mats Sundin became the all-time NHL point leader amongst Swedish players with three points in the Maple Leafs 5-3 win against the Panthers at Florida. Sundin broke the record of 856 points held by Tomas Sandstrom.

Happy Birthday to Craig Ramsay, Stan Weir, Tony Leswick, Bobby Ryan, Andrew Ference, Mikael Backlund, Cliff Schmautz and Larry Hopkins

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