National Hockey League History (Part 6)

Events in Sport

Events 501 - 562 of 562

Stanley Cup

2002-06-13 Stanley Cup Final, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1 for a 4-1 series win; Red Wings' 10th title; coach Scotty Bowman retires with record 9th title

Sports History

2002-11-02 Mark Messier plays his 1,616th NHL game, a 3-2 Rangers loss against the St. Blues, to move into 2nd place on the all-time games played list; passes Larry Murphy and ends career with 1,756 games, just 11 shy of Gordie Howe

NHL History

2003-01-11 Washington right wing Jaromír Jágr scores his 10th career hat-trick and adds 4 assists for 7 points and his 1,200th NHL point in a 12-2 win against Florida; Jágr has 20+ goals in each of his 13 NHL seasons

  • 2003-03-01 Nashville's Barry Trotz sets NHL record for most games coached with an expansion team from inception as Predators score a 5-4 OT win over Chicago; his 392nd game, Terry Crisp 391 with Tampa Bay

Sports History

2003-04-22 Patrick Roy plays his final career NHL game

  • 2003-05-28 Patrick Roy officially announces his retirement from the NHL
  • 2004-01-01 St. Louis head coach Joel Quenneville records his 300th NHL win with the Blues, a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Savvis Center, St. Louis; Quenneville is Blues coaching games and wins leader
  • 2004-01-11 Washington Capitals' German goaltender Olaf Kölzig records his 32nd NHL career shutout in a 1-0 win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers
  • 2004-01-13 Toronto's Tom Fitzgerald and Gary Roberts become first teammates in NHL history to play their 1,000th NHL game on the same night as the Maple Leafs beat the visiting Calgary Flames, 4-1
  • 2004-01-21 Minnesota Wild set an NHL record for 2 fastest goals, when Jim Dowd and Richard Park score just 3 seconds apart in the final 15 seconds of a 4-2 win over visiting Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2004-02-16 The Pittsburgh Penguins lose their 12th consecutive home game, a NHL record
  • 2004-03-02 Pittsburgh Penguins end their NHL record 14-game home losing streak when they tie the visiting New York Islanders, 3-3
  • 2004-09-15 NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
  • 2005-02-16 2004-05 NHL season is cancelled by Commissioner Gary Bettman; first time a North American professional sports league has called off a season due to labor dispute
  • 2005-09-12 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

Sports History

2005-10-05 NHL great Wayne Gretzky makes his coaching debut for the Phoenix Coyotes in 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena

  • 2005-10-05 NHL opens regular season after 10-month lockout of entire 2004-05 season; Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson & Dany Heatley first players to score winning goals in a shoot out in NHL history; both score v Toronto goalie Ed Belfour in 3-2 OT victory
  • 2005-10-08 NHL great Wayne Gretzky gets his first win as a coach as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 at Arena, Phoenix

Sports History

2006-04-03 Steve Yzerman scores his final NHL goal (#692) against the Calgary Flames

  • 2006-07-03 Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, finishing with 692 goals and 1,755 points
  • 2006-11-01 Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin (20) scores to become the first NHL player since 1917 with goals in his first 6 games (joining Joe Malone, Newsy Lalonde and Cy Denneny) in 4-3 win over the Kings in Los Angeles

Sports History

2009-07-09 Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points

  • 2010-06-25 NHL Draft: Windsor Spitfires (OHL) left wing Taylor Hall first pick by Edmonton Oilers
  • 2011-06-24 NHL Draft: Red Deer Rebels (WHL) center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first pick by Edmonton Oilers
  • 2012-02-02 NHL player Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks since 1989
  • 2012-06-22 NHL Draft: Sarnia Sting (OHL) right wing Nail Yakupov first pick by Edmonton Oilers
  • 2012-09-16 NHL locks out its players after the expiry of the collective bargaining agreement
  • 2012-11-24 The continued NHL lockout results in all games to December 14 being cancelled
  • 2012-12-21 The NHL announces a further cancellation of games until January 14 bringing the total number of cancelled games to 625
  • 2013-01-06 The NHL reaches an agreement to end a 113 day lockout
  • 2013-01-19 The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout
  • 2013-06-24 Stanley Cup Final, TD Garden, Boston, MA: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2 for 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 5th Championship
  • 2013-06-30 NHL Draft: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) center Nathan MacKinnon #1 pick by Colorado Avalanche
  • 2014-06-24 Sidney Crosby wins the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award for the 2014 NHL season
  • 2014-06-27 NHL Coyotes franchise changes geographic name from "Phoenix" to "Arizona" after change of ownership
  • 2015-06-24 Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price wins the 2014-15 Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP
  • 2015-06-26 NHL Draft: Erie Otters (OHL) center Connor McDavid #1 pick by the Edmonton Oilers
  • 2016-06-22 NHL owners meeting unanimously approves the Las Vegas expansion bid to start play in the 2017-18 season.
  • 2016-06-24 NHL Draft: ZSC Lions (NLA) center Auston Matthews first pick by Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 2016-10-12 Auston Matthews becomes 1st player to score 4 goals in his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa
  • 2016-11-22 'Vegas Golden Knights' is revealed as the Las Vegas NHL expansion team's name
  • 2017-06-23 NHL Draft: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) center Nico Hischier first pick by New Jersey Devils
  • 2017-10-06 Vegas Golden Knights make their NHL debut in Dallas, winning 2-1 over the Stars
  • 2018-04-07 Vegas Golden Knights suffer a 7-1 end of regular season defeat at Calgary but finish with an NHL expansion team record 51 victories; previous record 33 by Anaheim Ducks & Florida Panthers 1993-94
  • 2018-06-22 NHL Draft: Frolunda HC (SHL) defenceman Rasmus Dahlin first pick by Buffalo Sabres
  • 2018-12-04 Ownership group Seattle Hockey Partners led by billionaire businessman Davis Bonderman is unanimously granted an NHL license by the Board of Governors; to start play 2020-21 season at KeyArena
  • 2019-02-18 NHL hockey team Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon agrees to invest $250 million into the Alliance of American Football; named new chairman of the AAF
  • 2019-04-06 Tampa Bay Lightning beats Boston Bruins, 6-3 in the season finale for their 62nd regular season win, tying the NHL record held by Detroit Red Wings (1995-96); 128 points, 4th in NHL history
  • 2019-04-15 3 days after winning Hobey Baker Award as top college hockey player, Cale Makar becomes first defenseman to score in NHL debut during the playoffs in Colorado's 6-2 Game 3 win over Calgary
  • 2019-06-21 NHL Draft: US NTDP center Jack Hughes first pick by New Jersey Devils
  • 2019-06-25 NHL Draft: Barrie Colts (OHL) defenseman Aaron Ekblad first pick by Florida Panthers
  • 2020-03-12 NHL announces the pausing of the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2021-04-17 San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau ties Gordie Howe's NHL record for most regular season games played at 1,767
  • 2021-04-19 In Las Vegas, Nevada: San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau breaks Gordie Howe's NHL record for most games played, now at 1,768 and counting
  • 2021-12-09 Chicago Black Hawks Marc-Andre Fleury becomes 3rd NHL goaltender to reach 500 career wins in 2-0 shut-out over the Canadiens at Montreal
  • 2022-01-18 Boston Bruins retire Willie O'Ree's #22 jersey, on the 64th anniversary of his becoming the NHL's first Black player [1]
  • 2022-01-25 Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle becomes NHL's new "Iron Man" with his 965th consecutive regular-season game, breaking Doug Jarvis's all-time record, in a 4-3 loss at the New York Islanders [1]
  • 2022-03-17 Claude Giroux, NHL Philadelphia Flyers longest-serving captain, becomes only 2nd player in franchise history to play 1,000th game for the team, joining Bobby Clarke
  • 2022-07-05 Mike Grier becomes the first Black manager in the NHL - of the San Jose Sharks [1]

NHL Record

2022-11-05 Alex Ovechkin scores 787th career goal for the Washington Capitals surpassing Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings, for all-time NHL record for most goals scored for a single team, in 3-2 loss to Arizona Coyotes

  • 2022-12-13 Washington Capitals center Alex Ovechkin scores a hat trick in 7-3 away win over Chicago Blackhawks to join Wayne Gretzky & Gordie Howe as the only players in NHL history to score 800 goals
  • 2022-12-23 Washington Capitals center Alex Ovechkin scores two goals to move past Gordie Howe on most NHL career goals list in 4-1 win over visiting Winnipeg Jets

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 740

  • 1971-02-25 Byron Dafoe, NHL goalie (Los Angeles Kings), born in Sussex, England
  • 1971-02-27 Jaroslav Modry, Czech NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in České Budějovice, Czechia
  • 1971-03-08 Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971-03-11 Martin Ručinský, Czech NHL left wing, 1991-2008 (Canadiens and 7 other teams; Olympic gold, 1998), born in Most, Czechoslovakia
  • 1971-03-16 Greg Johnson, Canadian NHL hockey center, 1994-2006 (Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators (captain 2002-06), and 2 other teams), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1971-03-19 Louie Debrusk, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers, and three other teams), born in Cambridge, Ontario
  • 1971-03-23 Alexander Selivanov, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1971-03-23 Chris Lipuma, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chicago, Illinois

Pavel BurePavel Bure (51 years old)

1971-03-31 Russian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers), born in Moscow, Russia

  • 1971-04-04 Yanic Perreault, Canadian ice hockey center (considered one of best faceoff men in NHL history; NHL All Star 2007; LA Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 1971-04-12 Kent Manderville, Canadian ice hockey player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1971-04-17 David Oliver, Canadian NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1971-04-18 Dan Kordic, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1971-04-18 Oleg Petrov, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1971-04-22 Milos Holan, Bilovec Cze, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1971-04-24 Ken Klee, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971-04-30 Matt Martin, Hamden, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs, Olympic US-94)
  • 1971-05-07 Dave Karpa, Canadian NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1971-05-17 Bill Lindsay, Big Fork, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)
  • 1971-05-20 Niklas Andersson, Kungalv Swe, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1971-05-26 Steven Rice, Canadian NHL right wing (World Junior C'ship gold 1991, captain), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1971-05-30 Jiri Slegr, Jihlava Cze, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers, Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1971-06-23 Felix Potvin, Anjou, NHL goalie (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1971-06-29 Mike Sillinger, Canadian NHL right wing (Vanc Canucks, Anaheim Ducks), born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1971-07-04 Steve Rucchin, Canadian NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Thunder Bay, Canada
  • 1971-07-10 Adam Foote, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Olympic gold 2002; World C'ship gold 2004; Stanley Cup 1996, 2001 Colorado Avalanche), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971-07-11 Brett Hauer, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1971-07-15 Eric Lacroix, NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971-08-05 Valeri Karpov, Russian RSL and NHL hockey left wing, 1992-2005 (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 1994-97), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1971-08-06 Mike Bales, Saskatoon, NHL goalie (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1971-08-11 Aaron Miller, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971-08-13 Marcus Ragnarsson, Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman, 1990-2020 (NHL, 1995-2004: San Jose Sharks; Philadelphia Flyers; Swedish League, 1990-95, 2004-10), born in Östervåla, Sweden
  • 1971-08-26 Jocelyn Borgella, first person of Haitian descent to play in the NHL (Detroit Lions), born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1971-10-05 Dan Plante, American ice hockey player (NY Islanders), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1971-10-27 Mike Ricci, Canadian NHL center (Colorado Avalanche), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1971-11-05 Sergei Berezin, Russian NHL forward (Team Russia, Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskrensensk, Russia
  • 1971-11-19 Dimitri Yushkevich, Russian NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leaf), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • 1971-11-29 Brad May, Canadian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971-12-09 Petr Nedved, Czech NHL center (Team Czech, Pitts Penguins), born in Liberec, Czechia
  • 1971-12-14 Chris Therien, Canadian NHL defenceman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971-12-18 Joe Dziedzic, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1971-12-18 Neil Little, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1971-12-27 Bryan Smolinski, NHL forward (Team USA, Pitts Penguins), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1972-01-02 Mattias Norström, Swedish ice hockey defenceman (LA Kings captain 2001-07; World C'ship gold Sweden 1998), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1972-01-07 Donald Brashear, American NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Bedford, Indiana
  • 1972-01-27 Mark Lawrence, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, NY Islanders), born in Burlington, Ontario
  • 1972-01-30 Chris Simon, Canadian ice hockey player (Colorado Avalanche), born in Wawa, Ontario
  • 1972-02-01 Geoff Sanderson, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1994, 97; World C'ships gold 1994, 97; Hartford Whalers, Columbus Blue jackets), born in Hay River, Canada
  • 1972-02-02 Ivan Droppa, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, NHL defenseman (Chicago)
  • 1972-02-07 John Slaney, St John's, NHL defenseman (LA Kings)
  • 1972-02-13 Juha Ylonen, NHL forward (Olympic bronze 1998, Phoenix), born in Helsinki, Finland

Jaromír JágrJaromír Jágr (51 years old)

1972-02-15 Czech NHL, CZE. CLE right wing, 1990-present, 2X Stanley Cup, 5X NHL Scoring Champion, 13X All-Star (Pittsburgh Penguins, and 8 other teams; Czech Olympic gold, 1998), and team owner (HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga (ELH)born in Kladno, Czech Republic

  • 1972-02-17 Vladimir Vujtek, Czech NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Tampa Bay), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia)
  • 1972-02-24 Manon Rheaume, Lac Beauport Quebec, 1st female NHLer (Tampa Bay)
  • 1972-03-03 Martin Prochazka, Slany CZ, NHL forward (Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972-03-14 Aris Brimanis, American NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972-03-21 Boris Mironov, Russian ice hockey defenseman (Olympic silver 1998, bronze 2002; Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1972-03-28 Keith Tkachuk, Melrose MA, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix, USA)
  • 1972-03-29 Trevor Kidd, Canadian NHL goalie (Calgary Flames), born in Dugald, Manitoba
  • 1972-04-01 Darren McCarty, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1997, 98, 2002, 08; Detroit Red Wings), born in Burnaby, British Columbia
  • 1972-04-13 Mariusz Czerkawski, Polish NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Radomsko, Poland
  • 1972-04-13 Mike Kennedy, Canadian NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972-05-03 Vyacheslav Kozlov, Russian ice hockey NHL forward (Detroit Red Wings), born in Voskresensk, Russia
  • 1972-05-05 Mikael Renberg, Swedish NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, TB Lightning), born in Piteå, Sweden
  • 1972-05-05 Žigmund Pálffy, Slovak NHL right wing (NY Islanders), born in Skalica, Czechoslovakia

Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur (50 years old)

1972-05-06 NHL goalie (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1972-05-13 Darryl Sydor, Canadian NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Edmonton
  • 1972-05-18 Turner Stevenson, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Prince George, British Columbia
  • 1972-06-01 Mike Dunham, American ice hockey goaltender (Olympic silver 2002; NHL: Nashville Predators; NY Rangers) and GT Development coach (Boston Bruins, NY Islanders), born in Johnson City, New York
  • 1972-06-04 Derian Hatcher, American hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1997, Dallas Stars), born in Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • 1972-06-06 Marko Kiprusoff, Turku FIN, NHL defenseman (Team Finland, Montreal)
  • 1972-06-15 Jean Francois Labbe, Canadian NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche), born in Sherbrooke, Ontario
  • 1972-06-20 Jozef Stumpel, Nitra CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Boston)
  • 1972-06-23 Cory Schlesinger, American football fullback (Detroit Lions), born in Columbus, Nebraska
  • 1972-07-01 Corey Hirsch, Canadian NHL goalie (Olympic silver 1994), coach and broadcaster, born in Medicine Hat, Canada
  • 1972-07-08 Karl Dykhuis, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Sept-iles, Quebec
  • 1972-07-20 Jozef Stümpel, Slovak NHL forward (Boston Bruins, LA Kings), born in Nitra, Czechoslovakia
  • 1972-08-03 Sandis Ozolinsh, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1972-09-03 Martin Straka, Czech ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1998; World C'ship gold 2005; HC Škoda Plzeň, Pittsburgh Penguins, NY Rangers), born in Plzeň, Czech Republic
  • 1972-09-08 Trent McCleary, Canadian NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Swift Current, Canada
  • 1972-10-03 Michael Nylander, Swedish NHL center (World C'ship gold 1992, 2006; Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1972-10-16 Darius Kasparaitis, Lithuanian ice hockey defenseman (Olympic gold Unified Team 1992; silver 1998, bronze 2002 Russia; NY Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, NY Rangers), born in Elektrėnai, Lithuania
  • 1972-10-22 Scott Lachance, American ice hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1997; 819 games; NY Islanders), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1972-11-01 Glen Murray, Canadian ice hockey right wing (1,009 NHL games; All Star 2003-04; Boston Bruins), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1972-11-11 Steve Konowalchuk, American NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1972-11-14 Ed Patterson, Delta, NHL right wing (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1972-11-20 Yanick Dupre, Canadian NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1997)
  • 1972-11-24 Barry Potomski, Windsor, NHL left wing (LA Kings)
  • 1972-11-24 Fred Brathwaite, NHL goalie (Edmonton Oilers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1972-12-11 Daniel Alfredsson, Swedish NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1972-12-18 Jeff Nelson, Prince Albert, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1972-12-22 Kirk Maltby, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Guelph, Canada
  • 1972-12-28 Jean-Francois Jomphe, Canadian professional ice hockey player (Anaheim), born in Havre-Saint-Pierre, Canada
  • 1973-01-13 Nikolai Khabibulin, Russian NHL goalie, 1994-2014 (Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, and 2 other teams), born in Sverdlovsk, USSR (now Yekaterinburg, Russia)
  • 1973-01-23 Mark Kolesar, Canadian NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • 1973-02-05 Richard Matvichuk, Canadian NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1973-02-21 Brian Rolston, American NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, NJ Devils), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1973-02-24 Alexei Kovalev, NHL right wing (NY Rangers), born in Moscow, Russia

Eric LindrosEric Lindros (50 years old)

1973-02-28 Canadian NHL forward,1992-2007, 6X All-Star (Philadelphia Flyers, and 3 other teams; Olympic Gold - 2002), born in London, Ontario

  • 1973-03-24 Philippe Boucher, Canadian NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec

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