On This Day

December 1917 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 19 1st NHL game played on artificial ice in Toronto
  • Dec 19 Quebec Bulldogs play their 1st professional hockey game
  • Dec 22 In the NHL's first official week of play, 3 players score hat tricks in the same game, for the same team; Corb Denneny, Reg Noble, & Harry Meeking each score 3 for the Toronto Arenas in an 11-4 win over the Ottawa Senators
  • Dec 26 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Richburg, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • Dec 5 Ken Downing, English racing driver, born in Chesterton, Staffordshire (d. 2004)
  • Dec 8 Ian Johnson CBE, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (45 Tests; 109 wickets), born in North Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1998)
  • Dec 14 Wilf Ferguson, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years), born in Longdenville, Trinidad (d. 1961)
  • Dec 19 Graham Sharp, British figure skater (World C'ship, European C'ship 1939), born in London, England (d. 1995)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 20 Lucien Petit-Breton, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), dies in a road accident at 35