Today in Sports History: May 19

By Jonah Sharf On May 19, 1984, the Edmonton Oilers finally put an end to the New York Islanders’ four-year reign as Stanley Cup Champions. Led by legends Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, the Oilers won 4-1, a year after being swept by the Islanders. Messier won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and…

Today in Sports History: May 6

By Michael Romanelli On May 6, 1997, Hartford Whalers Owner Peter Karmanos announced that the team was moving to North Carolina and would be known as the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes would not have the same blue and green color scheme as the Whalers, and instead used black and red. For the first few seasons,…

Today in Sports History: April 4

By Jonah Sharf On April 4, 1982, Wayne Gretzky finished the 1981-82  NHL season with 212 points, becoming the first player in NHL history to break the 200-point barrier at just 20 years old. This feat has been matched three other times in NHL history, all by Wayne Gretzky, bringing his total of 200-point seasons…

Today in Sports History: March 22

By Jonah Sharf On March 22, 1894, the first ever Stanley Cup championship was played in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Since 1926, only the NHL gave out the Stanley Cup every year except for 2005, when there was a lockout. Since it has been awarded, the Montreal Canadiens have won the Cup the most times with…

Today in Sports History: January 18

By Jonah Sharf On January 18, 1958, Willie O’Ree took the ice for the Boston Bruins to become the first ever black player to play in the NHL. He was soon sent back to the minors, and didn’t play in the NHL again until the 1960-61 season, scoring four goals and recording ten assists in…

Today in Sports History: January 12

By Jonah Sharf On January 12, 1993, Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins made the shocking announcement that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Despite undergoing aggressive radiation to treat the cancer, Lemieux missed just two months of the season. When he returned from his treatment he was 12 points behind the league leader in…

Today in Sports History: December 21

By Jonah Sharf On December 21, 2009, the New Jersey Devils’ goalkeeper Martin Brodeur broke Terry Sawchuck’s 40-year record with his 104th career shutout. He would finish his career with 125 shutouts, 23 more than second place Sawchuck. Brodeur set many records during his outstanding career, including most regular season wins, most regular season shutouts,…

Today in Sports History: December 19

By Jonah Sharf On December 19, 1984, at 23 years old, Wayne Gretzky became the youngest player ever to reach 1,000 career points. Besides being the youngest player to reach 1,000 points, he is also the only player to reach 1,000 career points twice—i.e., he is the only NHL player in history with more than…

Today in Sports History: December 6

By Jonah Sharf On December 6, 1995, the Montreal Canadiens traded goaltender Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche. Roy had led the Canadiens to two Stanley Cup Championships and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in both series. WIth Colorado, Roy would help lead his new team to two Stanley Cup Championships as well, winning one…

Today in Sports History: November 10

By Jonah Sharf On November 10, 1963, Gordie Howe broke Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s all-time goals record by scoring his 545th goal. Howe would finish his incredible career with 801 goals, a record that seemed unbreakable until “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky broke it. Gretzky would finish with 894 goals in his career. While many of…