History buffs rejoice! Lads and gals who just want to kill some work time, also rejoice! We’ve got a brand new feature for you where I’m gonna hit you with the raddest hockey stuff that’s gone down in history on teams across The Nation Network. Now you can march around the office all day dropping these knowledge bombs! My apologies in advance to all of those who are reminded of their growing age when they read some of these facts from the dinosaur ages and realize they were around for it! Let’s dig in to what the week of March 30 – April 5 gave us, hockey fans:
*Note that this article is posted across the Network*
April 5, 1980: With 31 goals and 47 assists for 78 points, and 204 penalty minutes in 77 games, the small but mighty, Stan Smyl became the first and only NHL player to lead his team in all four categories. An impressive stat for any player, let alone a guy standing at 5’8″ and 190 pounds.
April 5, 2008: Trevor Linden played his final NHL game in Calgary on this date. An emotional night for Linden and Canucks fans, and a showcasing of class from Flames fans — who gave Linden a standing ovation — and Jarome Iginla — who led his team back out to shake hands with the retiring veteran:
April 1, 1993: In a win over Tampa Bay, Pavel Bure became the first player in Canucks franchise history to record 100 points on the season.
April 4, 1986: Gary Suter recorded the most assists by a rookie in one game with six assists.
April 3, 1988: Hakan Loob (what an unfortunate last name) became the first Swedish-born player to get 50 goals in a season.
March 31, 1989: Joe Mullen scored 50 goals for the first and only time in his career. He would go on to help the Flames win their first Stanley Cup in the same season.
March 30, 1993: Pew pew x20! Teemu Selanne became the first NHL player to score 20 goals in one month in a win over the Flames.
April 3, 1976: The first Toronto Maple Leafs player to reach 100 points in a season? Darryl Sittler in the 79th game of Toronto’s season. The Leafs were the last Original Six team to have a player reach 100 points in a season. Hey, Auston, let’s get on getting one of those seasons! Cool? Cool.
April 2, 2004: With a win over the Buffalo Sabres, the Leafs got their 101st point and broke a franchise record.
March 31, 1942: The Leafs became the first team in NHL history to win 50 playoff games after defeating the NYR in Game 6 of the Semifinals.
March 30,1918: The Toronto Arenas became the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup when they beat the Vancouver Millionaires 2-1 in a best of 5 series. So, Leafs fans, next time someone’s raggin’ on you about the last time your team won the Stanley Cup, tell them they’re just waiting to win it again in 2018 to make the special 100 year anniversary even more special!
April 2, 1980: Gretzky became the first teenager (19) to score 50 goals in a season.
April 2, 1986: Paul Coffey scored twice against the Vancouver Canucks to tie and then pass Bobby Orr’s record for goals by a defenseman.
March 31, 1982: Messier recorded his first 50-goal season on this day and would say goodbye to the NHL on the same day in 2004.
March 30, 1996: Doug Weight became the first Oiler to hit 100 points in a season since Messier did it in 1990.
March 30, 1976: I know it’s been crazy with all the playoff buzz in Edmonton, but let’s not forget a key contributor to the last time the Oilers were in the playoffs: Ty Conklin was born on this day! (Note the sarcasm, please).
April 5, 1955: Cover your eyes, Wingsnation, this one’s about the playoffs. Ted Lindsay scored four goals against the Montreal Canadiens (an NHL record for a championship game) to help beat them in game 2 of the finals, a win that was also the Red Wings 15th consecutive win and set another NHL record. The Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup at the end of that series.
April 4, 1971: Mr. Hockey played his final game in a Red Wing’s jersey as he would retire from professional hockey (the first time) in September.
April 3, 2006: Steve Yzerman scored his 692nd goal with the Red Wings on this day.
April 1, 1998: Who doesn’t love a good goalie fight?! Osgood and Roy went at it nearly 20 years ago:
April 1, 1954: Gordie Howe scored nine seconds after puck drop to set the record for fastest goal at the start of a game in a playoff game.
March 31,1928: Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockey. On this day, hockey legend, Gordie Howe was born in Floral, Saskatchewan.
March 30, 1969: Guess who this one’s going to be about?! Yep. Gordie Howe first reached the 100-point mark in a season, becoming the first Red Wings player and third NHL player to do so.