National Hockey League History

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Events 1 - 100 of 531

  • 1909-12-02 National Hockey Association (NHA) is formed in Montreal; original members include Montreal Wanderers and Montreal Canadiens; becomes NHL after some NHA teams leave due to ownership disagreements, and create their own league
  • 1909-12-04 Oldest still-operating NHL franchise is officially established as J. Ambrose O’Brien and Jack Laviolette create the “Club de Hockey Canadien,” known today as the Montreal Canadiens
  • 1917-03-26 Stanley Cup Final, Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, WA: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 9-1 for a 3-1 series victory; first US team to win SC
  • 1917-11-26 NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs; National Hockey Association disbands
  • 1917-12-19 1st NHL game played on artificial ice in Toronto
  • 1917-12-22 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
  • 1917-12-26 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron
  • 1918-01-02 Montreal Arena in Westmount, Quebec, the home rink of 4-time Stanley Cup winners the Montreal Wanderers burns down leading to the club disbanding

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1918-01-12 Montreal Canadien's center Joe Malone scores 5 goals in a 9-4 win over Ottawa to become the first 20 goal scorer in NHL history; goes on to score 44 regular season goals

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1918-03-02 Joe Malone goes scoreless in Montreal Canadiens' 5-3 season-ending loss to Toronto Arenas; finishes the first NHL season with 44 goals, a record that stands until 1944-45
  • 1918-03-30 Stanley Cup, Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, ON: Toronto Arenas (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-2 series victory; first series contested by the new NHL
  • 1918-10-18 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs sold to a Toronto businessman P. J. Quinn

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1918-12-28 Montreal's Georges Vezina becomes the first NHL goalie to record an assist during the Canadiens’ 6-3 win over the Toronto Arenas

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1919-02-18 Cy Denneny of NHL Ottawa Senators scores record 52nd goal

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1919-02-20 Foundation NHL club Toronto Arenas are permitted to cease operations due to financial difficulties; later become Toronto St. Patricks and then Maple Leafs
  • 1919-04-01 Stanley Cup Final, Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, WA: With Montreal Canadiens (NHL) & Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) tied at 2-2-1, trophy not awarded due to worldwide flu epidemic

  • 1920-01-10 Montreal's Newsy Lalonde scores 6 goals as Canadiens beat Toronto St. Patricks, 14-7 at Mount Royal Arena, Montreal; combined 21 goals an NHL record
  • 1920-01-31 Quebec Bulldogs center Joe Malone sets NHL record with 7 goals in a 10-6 win against Toronto St. Patricks at the Quebec Arena
  • 1920-03-03 Montreal Canadiens scores NHL record 16 goals beating Quebec Bulldogs
  • 1920-03-10 NHL's Quebec Bulldog Joe Malone scores 6 goals vs Ottawa Senators
  • 1920-04-01 Stanley Cup Final, Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, ON: Jack Darragh scores a hat-trick as Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA), 6-1 for a 3-2 series win
  • 1921-01-26 Toronto NHL center Corb Denneny scores 6 goals to lead St. Patricks to a 10-3 win over Hamilton Tigers in Toronto
  • 1921-04-04 Stanley Cup Final, Denman Arena, Vancouver, BC: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-2 series victory
  • 1921-12-24 Ottawa’s Harry Broadbent scores in 10-0 Senators blowout of the Montreal Canadiens; first in 16-game NHL record goal-scoring streak; Charlie Simmer’s 13 game streak (1979) is considered modern-day record
  • 1922-03-28 Stanley Cup Final, Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, ON: Toronto St Patricks (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 5-1 for a 3-2 series win
  • 1923-01-31 Montreal Canadiens beat Hamilton Tigers, 5-4 at the Mount Royal Arena, Montreal; first penalty-free game played in NHL history
  • 1923-02-17 Ottawa left wing Cy Denneny passes Joe Malone as all-time NHL goal scoring leader; scores his 143rd career goal in Senators' 2-0 win over Montreal Canadiens
  • 1923-03-31 Stanley Cup Final, Denman Arena, Vancouver, BC: Ottawa Senators (NHL) edge Edmonton Eskimos (WCHL), 1-0 for a 2-0 series sweep
  • 1924-03-25 Stanley Cup Final, Ottawa Auditorium, Ottawa, ON: Montreal Canadiens (NHL) beat Calgary Tigers (WCHL), 3-0 for a 2-0 series sweep
  • 1924-11-01 Boston Bruins officially join the NHL, becoming the first United States based team to enter the League; Montreal Maroons also join NHL, but only last until 1938
  • 1924-11-29 NHL's Montreal Forum opens
  • 1924-12-01 The Boston Bruins beat fellow expansion Montreal Maroons, 2-1 at Boston Arena; first NHL game to be played in the United States
  • 1924-12-17 The Hamilton Tigers and Ottawa Senators battle out the first scoreless game in NHL history; Jake Forbes (Hamilton) and Alex Connell (Ottawa) each record shutouts
  • 1924-12-22 Babe Dye of NHL's Toronto St Patricks scores 5 goals beat Bruins 10-2
  • 1925-03-30 Stanley Cup Final, Patrick Arena, Victoria, BC: Victoria Cougars (WCHL) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 6-1 for a 3-1 series win; last non-NHL team to win trophy
  • 1925-04-15 NHL's NY Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1

  • 1925-11-28 NHL goalie Georges Vezina collapses & dies 4 months later of TB
  • 1925-12-26 NY Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates set an NHL record by recording a combined 141 shots on goal in Americans' 3-1 win; Roy Worters makes incredible 70 saves for Pittsburgh and Jake Forbes has 67 for NY
  • 1926-02-20 Montreal and Ottawa battle out just the second 0-0 tie in NHL history; dominant goalies are Clint Benedict (Maroons) and Alex Connell (Senators)
  • 1926-04-01 Montreal Maroons' Clint Benedict becomes first NHL goalie to record 3 straight playoff shutouts, in a 3-0 win against the visiting Victoria Cougars in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Championship series
  • 1926-09-25 NHL grants franchises to Chicago Black Hawks & Detroit Red Wings
  • 1926-11-17 NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St Pats 4-1
  • 1927-09-24 NHL's Toronto St Patricks become Maple Leafs
  • 1928-04-14 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: In only their 2nd season in the NHL, New York Rangers beat Montreal Maroons, 2-1 for a 3-2 series win
  • 1929-02-28 Chic Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home

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1929-03-02 George Hainsworth becomes first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season when the Montreal Canadiens beat the visiting Boston Bruins, 3-0; ends season with 22

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 1929-12-03 Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1, the first win of an NHL record 14-game winning streak, and a 22-game home winning streak
  • 1930-01-09 Boston Bruins wins then NHL record 14th straight game
  • 1930-01-21 Boston Bruins become first team in NHL history to score 100 goals in a season, in a 5-1 win over Chicago at Boston Garden; Cooney Weiland scores Bruins' 100th goal in their 26th game of the year
  • 1930-03-18 Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game
  • 1930-12-01 NHL drops 20 minute slashing-about-the-head penalty
  • 1931-01-03 Montreal Maroons centre Nels Stewart scores fastest 2 goals in NHL history with a pair 4 seconds apart in a 5-3 win over Boston Bruins at Montreal Arena

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1932-03-17 Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz registers his 334th career point with an assist in a 10-4 win v NY Americans; passes Cy Denneny as NHL leader for career points

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1933-12-23 Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz scores in 3-0 win v Detroit Red Wings; his NHL record 249th career goal
  • 1934-01-23 New York Rangers' left wing Murray Murdoch plays his 400th straight NHL game in a 5-2 win over Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden, NYC; streak reaches 508 consecutive games
  • 1934-02-14 NHL Ace Bailey Benefit Game: Toronto beats All-Stars 7-3 in Toronto
  • 1934-12-01 Toronto Maple Leafs beat St. Louis Eagles, 4-3 to set an NHL record for the most wins to start the season with 8; Leafs do it again 59 years later; won 10 in a row to start 1993-94 season
  • 1934-12-30 New York Rangers and Boston Bruins battle out a 0-0 tie; first of a 37-game overtime undefeated streak for the Bruins, the longest in NHL history; streak spans over 4 years and includes 27 ties
  • 1935-04-26 Frank Boucher is given NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years
  • 1935-10-15 NHL's St Louis Eagles fold
  • 1936-02-18 NHL record 32 points scored, NY Americans (28) & Mont Maroons (24)
  • 1936-03-25 Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons in NHL longest game (2h56m30s)
  • 1937-11-03 Howie Morenz Memorial Game, Montreal Forum: NHL All-Stars beat Montreal All Stars, 6-5
  • 1937-12-21 Chicago Black Hawks left wing Paul Thompson becomes first player in NHL history to score a goal against his brother; scores on bro Cecil of the Boston Bruins with just 9 seconds left in regulation; Bruins win though, 2-1
  • 1938-08-26 Montreal Maroons dropped from NHL
  • 1938-12-20 Boston Bruins rookie goalie Frankie Brimsek records his 3rd straight shutout with a 3-0 win over the New York Americans, making it his incredible sixth shutout in his first 8 NHL games
  • 1939-03-16 NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-NY Rangers (7), NY Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period
  • 1939-10-29 NHL Babe Seibert Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3
  • 1940-01-28 Chicago's Les Cunningham scores 5 points in one period to set an NHL record that stands until 1978; records 2 goals & 3 assists in a 10:04 span during the 3d period of an 8-1 win over Montreal
  • 1940-02-29 Detroit's Cecil "Tiny" Thompson becomes first goaltender in NHL history to play 40 (or more) games for 12 straight seasons; milestone comes in a 3-1 Red Wings loss at Toronto
  • 1940-03-07 Montreal Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home
  • 1940-12-01 Four sets of brothers play in one NHL game when Chicago Blackhawks beat NY Rangers, 4-1; Lynn & Muzz Patrick and Neil & Mac Colville (Rangers); Max & Doug Bentley and Bob & Bill Carse (Chicago)
  • 1941-02-25 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
  • 1941-03-01 Rangers' goalie Dave Kerr becomes the 5th goaltender in NHL history to record 200 career victories when New York wins, 3-1 over the Canadiens at Montreal
  • 1941-03-04 Chicago Black Hawks goaltender Sam LoPresti faces NHL record 83 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston
  • 1942-09-28 NY Americans NHL team folded
  • 1942-11-20 NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over
  • 1943-01-01 Chicago Black Hawks field first trio of brothers to play together in an NHL game; Max, Doug and Reggie Bentley appear for the Hawks in a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers at Chicago Stadium
  • 1943-01-03 Max and Doug Bentley assist on brother Reg's only NHL goal in Chicago Blackhawks' 3-3 tie with the Rangers in NYC; only time in NHL history trio of family members score and assist on a scoring play
  • 1943-01-14 Montreal Canadiens' left wing Alex Smart becomes the first NHL rookie to score a hat trick in his first NHL game, a 5-1 win at home over the Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1943-01-23 Detroit Red Wings scores NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • 1944-01-23 Det Red Wings score 15 goals against NY Rangers & NHL record 37 points, also most consecutive goals & most lopsided game 15-0
  • 1944-11-11 NY Rangers set NHL record of 25 games without a win (0-21-4)

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1944-12-28 Montreal right wing Maurice 'Rocket' Richard becomes first player in NHL history to score 8 points in one game with 5 goals and 3 assists in the Canadiens' 9-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1945-03-18 Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the 1st NHLer to score 50 goals
  • 1945-12-29 Montreal right wing Maurice Richard scores twice in Canadiens' 5-4 loss to Chicago Black Hawks to record his 100th NHL career goal; reaches mark in just 145 games, then fastest in history; since broken by Mike Bossy, 100 goals in 129 games
  • 1947-11-02 After just 6 games of the season, Chicago Blackhawks trade NHL scoring leader Max Bentley along with Cy Thomas to Toronto Maple Leafs for Gus Bodnar, Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart, Bob Goldham, and Ernie Dickens

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1950-01-15 Red Wings' rookie goalie Terry Sawchuk records his first of 115 career NHL shutouts, as Detroit beats the New York Rangers, 1-0 at Madison Square Garden

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1951-01-10 Maurice Richard scores his 16th career hat trick in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-0 win over NY Rangers to bring his career total to 274 goals; passes Howie Morenz as NHL's #2 all-time leading goal scorer

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1951-02-17 Detroit right wing Gordie Howe scores his 100th career NHL goal and adds an assist in a 2-1 Red Wings' victory away to the Montreal Canadiens

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1952-02-17 Montreal Canadiens center Elmer Lach picks up his 354th career assist in a 3-2 loss at the NY Rangers to become the NHL's all-time assists leader; passes Bill Cowley's mark
  • 1952-03-23 NY Rangers blow 6-2 lead, lose 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks; Bill Mosienko scores fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds
  • 1954-01-09 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game

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1954-11-05 Montreal Canadien center Jean Béliveau scores 3 goals in 44 seconds on future Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk in 4-2 win v Boston Bruins; 2nd fastest NHL hat trick

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1955-02-01 Hap Day becomes the first man to serve as Toronto Maple Leafs' captain, coach and general manager when he is appointed to run the famous Canadian NHL club
  • 1955-03-16 NHL President Clarence Campbell suspends Montreal Canadiens superstar Maurice "Rocket" Richard for the remainder of the season after he viciously attacked an opponent; Riots ensued in Montreal
  • 1955-12-29 NHL officials wear new vertically striped black-and-white sweaters for the first time in Montreal Canadiens' 5-2 win over Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1956-12-25 Detroit's future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Gordie Howe picks up a Xmas hat-trick & 3 assists in Red Wings' 8-1 win over NY Rangers; most points he scores in a single game in entire 26-year NHL career

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1957-02-11 NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1957-03-16 Toronto Maple Leafs tie NHL record 37 points beating NY Rangers 14-1

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 720

  • 1870-01-02 Tex Rickard, American boxing promoter and entrepreneur (founder NHL New York Rangers; builder third incarnation of Madison Square Garden, NYC), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1929)
  • 1877-11-17 Frank Calder, the first NHL President (d. 1943)
  • 1883-12-30 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), born in Drummondville, Quebec (d. 1960)
  • 1887-10-31 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1970)

Person of interestCy Denneny

1891-12-23 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), born in Farran's Point, Ontario (d. 1970)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1892-03-01 Billy Coutu, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1924; Montreal Canadiens; only player banned from NHL for life, attacked referee 1927), born in North Bay, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1895-03-01 Duke Keats, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame centre (WCHL First-Team All-Star 1921-26; Edmonton Eskimos; NHL: Chicago Black Hawks), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1972)
  • 1895-06-14 Jack Adams, Canadian NHL center, coach and general manager (Hockey Hall of Fame), born Fort William, Ontario (d. 1968)

Person of interestGeorge Hainsworth

1895-06-26 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season; Montreal Canadiens), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1950)

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 1897-05-13 Babe Dye, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1922; NHL scoring champion 1922–23, 24-25; Toronto St. Patricks/Maple Leafs), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1962)
  • 1898-07-23 Red Dutton, Canadian ice hockey player (Calgary Tigers) and coach, born in Russell, Manitoba (d. 1987)
  • 1901-10-07 Frank Boucher, Canadian all-star NHL center (NY Rangers), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1904-11-05 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), born in Seaforth, Ontario (d. 1985)
  • 1904-12-31 Chuck Gardiner, Canadian NHL goalie (Vezina winner), born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom (d. 1934)

Person of interestClarence Campbell

1905-07-09 Clarence Campbell, Canadian 3rd president of the NHL (1946-77), born in Fleming, Saskatchewan (d. 1984)

3rd President of the NHL Clarence Campbell
3rd President of the NHL
Clarence Campbell
  • 1906-01-29 Joe Primeau, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Lindsay, Ontario (d. 1989)
  • 1908-10-01 Doug Young, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1936-37, Detroit Red Wings captain), born in Medicine Hat, Alberta (d. 1990)
  • 1914-04-24 Phil Watson, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1940 [NYR], 1944 [Montreal Canadiens]) and coach (NY Rangers), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1991)
  • 1918-02-22 Sid Abel, Melville, Saskatchewan, Canadian NHL hockey player (1948-49 Hart Trophy)
  • 1918-03-21 Joe Carveth, NHL forward (scored 20 or more goals in 3 seasons)
  • 1921-03-15 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (President Toronto Maple Leafs 1961–69, 1970-71), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1971)

Person of interestMaurice Richard

1921-08-04 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1921-11-02 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • 1923-04-24 Gus Bodnar, Canadian NHL center (NHL record 3 assists in 21 seconds 1952), born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1924-02-10 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1924-02-19 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

Person of interestTed Lindsay

1925-07-29 Ted Lindsay, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1950, NHL Players Association pioneer), born in Renfrew, Ontario (d. 2019)

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1926-09-13 Emile Francis, NHL player, coach and general manager (Rangers, Blues, Whalers), born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1927-01-25 Fernie Flaman, Canadian NHL player (Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Dysart, Canada (d. 2012)
  • 1927-10-06 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2020)

Person of interestGordie Howe

1928-03-31 Gordie Howe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (23-time NHL All Star; NHL: Detroit Red Wings; WHA: Houston Aeros), born in Floral, Saskatchewan (d. 2016)

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1929-01-17 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian NHL goaltender (#1) who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)
  • 1929-10-03 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2019)

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

1929-12-28 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1970)

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1930-03-16 Don Perry, Canadian NHL coach (LA Kings 1982-84), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 2019)
  • 1931-02-14 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, NHL right wing (Canadiens, Rangers)

Person of interestJean Béliveau

1931-08-31 Jean Béliveau, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1956, 64; Art Ross Trophy 1956; Conn Smythe Trophy 1965; record 17 Stanley Cups), born in Trois-Rivieres Quebec (d. 2014)

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • 1932-07-15 Ed Litzenberger, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1961-4), born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • 1932-08-28 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • 1932-09-14 Harry Sinden, Canadian NHL player and coach (Team Canada), born in Weston, Ontario, Canada
  • 1933-04-10 Ron Murphy, Canadian NHL player (New York Rangers), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 2014)

Person of interestScotty Bowman

1933-09-18 Scotty Bowman, NHL player and coach (Montreal Canadians/Detroit Red Wings), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • 1934-02-09 John A Ziegler Jr, 4th NHL president (1977-92), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • 1935-09-27 Al MacNeil, Canadian NHL defenceman, coach (Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup 1970-71), born in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Person of interestHenri Richard

1936-02-29 Henri Richard, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (record 11 Stanley Cups; 9 x NHL All Star; Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • 1938-09-12 Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup 1968-69), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec (d. 2015)
  • 1938-10-12 Bob Miller, American NHL broadcaster, born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestBobby Hull

1939-01-03 Bobby Hull, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1960, 62, 66; Hart Memorial Trophy 1965, 66), born in Pointe Anne, Ontario

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • 1940-04-09 Jim [James Wilfred] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), born in Toronto (d. 2015)
  • 1940-05-20 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (4 time NHL scoring leader), born in Sokolče, Slovak Republic (d. 2018)
  • 1940-10-03 Jean Ratelle, Canadian NHL center (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada
  • 1940-10-04 Vic Hadfield, Canadian ice hockey left wing (1,004 NHL games; NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • 1940-12-01 Ron Finn, Canadian NHL linesman (2,373 regular season games, 2 x All-Star games, Rendez-vous '87 and 4 x Canada Cups), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1940-12-02 Gerry Cheevers, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and broadcaster (longest undefeated streak-32 games 1972; Boston Bruins), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • 1941-07-01 Rod Gilbert, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right-wing (NY Rangers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1941-11-18 Peter Pocklington, Canadian NHL team owner (Edmonton Oiler), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1941-11-22 Jacques LaPerriere, NHL defensive Hall of Famer

Person of interestPhil Esposito

1942-02-20 Phil Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach, GM, broadcaster (Black Hawks, Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1942-03-02 Claude Larose, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1965, 66, 68, 71, 73; Montreal Canadiens), born in Hearst, Ontario
  • 1942-07-01 Doug Carpenter, Canadian NHL coach (NJ Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Cornwall, Canada
  • 1943-04-23 Tony Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (Canadiens, Blackhawks), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • 1943-09-02 Glenn Sather, NHL coach (Edmonton Oiler)
  • 1945-03-27 Briton Selby, Canadian NHL player, born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1945-09-08 Rogie Vachon, NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968), born in Quebec
  • 1946-05-20 Craig Patrick, American NHL center and executive (USA Olympic gold 1980; GM Pittsburgh Penguins, Stanley Cup 1991-92, 2009), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946-10-10 Peter Mahvolich, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens), born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada

Person of interestKen Dryden

1947-08-08 Ken Dryden, Canadian politician and hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups), born in Hamilton, Ontario

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden

Person of interestBobby Orr

1948-03-20 Bobby Orr, Canadian hall of fame NHL defenseman (Boston Bruins), born in Parry Sound, Ontario

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1948-07-06 Brad Park, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1948-12-31 René Robert, Canadian NHL player, born in Trois-Rivières, Canada
  • 1949-03-25 Jean Potvin, Canadian NHL player, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1949-03-27 Russ Conway, American sports journalist (Eagleson NHL scandal), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1949-08-13 Bobby Clarke, NHL player and coach (Philadelphia Flyer), born in Flin Flon, Manitoba
  • 1949-11-18 Ted Sator, NHL coach (NY Rangers, Buffalo Sabres), born in Utica, New York
  • 1950-04-17 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner, born in Arcadia, California

Person of interestDarryl Sittler

1950-09-18 Darryl Sittler, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (NHL record for most points in a game, 10), born in St. Jacobs, Ontario

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler

Person of interestGilbert Perreault

1950-11-13 Gilbert Perreault, Canadian NHL center (over 500 goals), born in Victoriaville, Quebec

  • 1950-12-12 William "Billy" Smith, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (New York Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario
  • 1951-02-08 Camille LaPierre, NHLer
  • 1951-03-27 Bobby Lalonde, NHLer (Boston Bruins), born in Montreal
  • 1951-06-02 Larry Clark Robinson, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Norris-77, 80)

Person of interestMarcel Dionne

1951-08-03 Marcel Dionne, Canadian NHL center (LA Kings, NY Rangers), born in Drummondville, Quebec

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne

Person of interestGuy Lafleur

1951-09-20 Guy Lafleur, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal, NY Rangers), born in Thurso, Quebec

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • 1952-07-01 Steve Shutt, Canadian NHL left wing (5-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Willowdale, Canada
  • 1952-10-01 Jacques Martin, Canadian NHL coach, executive (Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens), born in Rockland, Ontario
  • 1952-10-10 Bobby Nystrom, Swedish NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1979-83; jersey #23 retired 1995), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1952-10-20 Dave McLelland, Canadian NHL goaltender (Vancouver Canucks), born in Penticton, British Columbia
  • 1953-02-09 André Sevard, Canadian NHL player, born in Témiscaming, Quebec
  • 1953-02-16 Andre St Lauren, NHLer

Person of interestDenis Potvin

1953-10-29 Denis Potvin, Canadian born NHL defenseman (NY Islanders - Norris trophy), born in Vanier, Ontario

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • 1953-11-02 Rick Meagher, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL Frank J. Selke Trophy 1990; St. Louis Blues captain), born in Belleville, Ontario
  • 1953-12-13 Bob Gainey, Canadian NHL player & hockey bureaucrat, born in Peterborough, Canada
  • 1954-03-20 Charlie Simmer, Ontario, NHL left winger (LA Kings)
  • 1954-09-20 Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1955-03-24 Doug Jarvis, Canadian ice hockey forward (most consecutive NHL games record 964), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • 1955-11-17 Bill McCreary, Ontario, NHL referee
  • 1955-12-02 Paul Holmgren, American NHL right wing, coach and executive (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Person of interestBryan Trottier

1956-07-17 Bryan Trottier, American NHL Center (NY Islanders), born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier

Person of interestMike Bossy

1957-01-22 Mike Bossy, NHL forward (NY Islanders), born in Montreal, Quebec

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1957-05-03 Rod Langway, American ice hockey defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Wash Caps), born in Taipei, Taiwan

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1908-06-03 NHL goaltender Georges Vezina (21) weds Marie Adelaide Stella Morin in Chicoutimi, Canada

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina

LoveWedding of Interest

1953-08-06 NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk (23) weds Patricia Ann Morey

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk

LoveWedding of Interest

1988-07-16 Canadian NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky (27) weds American 'Police Academy 5' / 'A League of Their Own' actress Janet Jones (27) in Edmonton, Alberta

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1988-07-17 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

LoveWedding of Interest

1989-06-10 Detroit Red Wings NHL player Steve Yzerman (24) weds Lisa Brennan

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman

LoveWedding of Interest

1990-06-09 NHL goaltender Patrick Roy (25) weds Michele Piuze at Saint-Sacrement Church in Quebec, Canada

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy

LoveWedding of Interest

1993-06-26 NHL scoring champion Mario Lemieux (27) weds longtime girlfriend Nathalie Asselin at Notre Dame Basilica in Canada

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux

LoveWedding of Interest

1999-07-31 NHL player Phil Esposito (57) weds Bridget Leigh

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 2004-09-03 "Baywatch" actress Gena Lee Nolin (32) weds NHL hockey player Cale Hulse (30) at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2007-08-11 U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team member Krissy Wendell (25) weds NHL player John Pohl (28) at the Rose Hill Alliance Church in West Roseville, Minnesota

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929-01-06 Tex Rickard, American boxing promoter and entrepreneur (founder NHL New York Rangers; builder third incarnation of Madison Square Garden, NYC), dies of complications from an appendectomy at 59
  • 1943-02-04 Frank Calder, 1st NHL president, dies

Person of interestGeorge Hainsworth

1950-10-09 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season; Montreal Canadiens), dies in a car accident at 55

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 1960-06-01 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • 1962-01-03 Babe Dye, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1922; NHL scoring champion 1922–23, 24-25; Toronto St. Patricks/Maple Leafs), dies at 64
  • 1968-01-15 Bill Masterson, Canadian American NHL player, first to be fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies at 29
  • 1968-05-01 Jack Adams, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Vancouver Millionaires, Toronto St. Patricks; Ottawa Senators) and coach / general manager (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 73

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

1970-05-31 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), dies from liver injuries at 40

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk

Person of interestCy Denneny

1970-09-10 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), dies at 78

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1971-10-13 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (President Toronto Maple Leafs 1961–69, 1970-71), dies from an acute stomach ulcer at 50
  • 1977-02-25 Billy Coutu, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1924; Montreal Canadiens; only player banned from NHL for life, attacked referee 1927), dies at 84
  • 1980-11-18 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 1983-05-25 Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)
  • 1983-12-17 Erik Christensen, NHL player

Person of interestClarence Campbell

1984-06-24 Clarence Campbell, Canadian NHL president, dies at 78

3rd President of the NHL Clarence Campbell
3rd President of the NHL
Clarence Campbell
  • 1984-07-25 Bryan Hextall, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (NY Rangers; 3-time 1st team NHL All Star), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 1985-07-03 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), dies at 80
  • 1989-02-10 Dan Kelly, NHL sportscaster, dies at 52, "He shoots, he scores!"
  • 1989-05-14 Joe Primeau, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 83
  • 1989-06-03 John McCauley, NHL official (b. 1945)
  • 1990-05-15 Doug Young, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1936-37, Detroit Red Wings captain), dies at 81
  • 1991-02-01 Phil Watson, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1940 [NYR], 1944 [Montreal Canadiens]) and coach (NY Rangers), dies at 76
  • 1994-07-09 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), dies at 72
  • 1996-08-13 Tom Mees, ESPN sports anchors (NHL), drowns at 46

Person of interestMaurice Richard

2000-05-27 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), dies of abdominal cancer and Parkinson's disease at 78

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 2005-07-01 Gus Bodnar, Canadian NHL center (NHL record 3 assists in 21 seconds 1952), dies at 82
  • 2010-11-01 Ed Litzenberger, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1961-4), dies at 78
  • 2011-09-07 Ruslan Salei, Belarusian ice hockey defenceman (917 NHL games; 48 internationals), dies in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash at 36
  • 2012-06-22 Fernie Flaman [Ferdinand], Canadian Hall of Fame NHL player, dies at 85
  • 2014-03-06 Ron Murphy, Canadian NHL player, dies at 80

Person of interestJean Béliveau

2014-12-02 Jean Béliveau, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1956, 64; Art Ross Trophy 1956; Conn Smythe Trophy 1965; record 17 Stanley Cups), dies at 83

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • 2015-02-09 Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup 1968-69), dies at 76
  • 2015-10-23 Jim [James Wilfred] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75

Person of interestGordie Howe

2016-06-10 Gordie Howe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (23-time NHL All Star; NHL: Detroit Red Wings; WHA: Houston Aeros), dies of a stroke at 88

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 2018-08-07 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (4 time NHL scoring leader), dies of Lewy body dementia at 78
  • 2019-01-29 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), dies at 89

Person of interestTed Lindsay

2019-03-04 Ted Lindsay, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1950, NHL Players Association pioneer), dies at 93

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 2019-04-15 Don Perry, Canadian NHL coach (LA Kings 1982-84), dies at 89
  • 2019-08-20 Russ Conway, American sports journalist (Eagleson NHL scandal), dies of heart disease at 70
  • 2020-02-21 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), dies at 92