Skip to main content

This Day In Hockey History: April 17th

1933 - Red Wings' Carl Voss was voted the best rookie in the NHL for the 1932-33 season.

1969 - Gerry Cheevers became the first goaltender in playoff history to get 3 straight shutouts at home.

1973 - John McLellan resigned as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Red Kelly was later named as his replacement.

1973 - Larry Robinson scored the first playoff goal of his NHL career at 6:45 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win over the visiting Flyers.

1976 - Philadelphia's Reggie Leach began an NHL playoff record 10 game goal scoring streak during a 4-3 loss at Toronto.

1977 - Los Angeles Kings' right wing Don Kozak set an NHL record for fastest goal from start of playoff game, scoring :06 into the start of a 7-4 win over Boston.

1983 - Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky set a playoff record for most points in a game, with seven (on four goals and three assists) in a 10-2 win at Calgary. The record was broken in 1988 when Patrick Sundstrom scored eight in a game for New Jersey.

1983 - Buffalo's Mike Ramsey became the second defenseman in NHL history to score goals in four straight playoff games.

Edmonton's Paul Coffey set a Stanley Cup record for defensemen, with a goal in his fifth consecutive playoff game, a 10-2 Oilers win over the Flames in Calgary

1993 - New York Rangers named Mike Keenan as their new head coach.

1996 - John Vanbiesbrouck had 42 saves as Florida won 6-3 over the visiting Boston Bruins. It was the Panthers' first playoff game in team history.

1997 - Martin Brodeur became just the second goaltender to score a goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs when his empty-netter sealed a 5-2 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

1999 - New Jersey Devils set an NHL record with their 28th road win of the season, a 4-1 victory at Nashville. Devils broke the record of 27 road wins Montreal set in 1976-77 and 1977-78.

Happy Birthday to Borje Salming, Dennis Hextall, Tommy Williams, Brad Boyes, Herbie Lewis, Eric Brewer, Chuck Kobasew, Ken Daneyko, David Oliver, Stanislav Chistov, Bob Gassoff, Roger Johansson, Konstantin Koltsov, Jimmy Mann and Gerry McNeil.


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