Today in Sports History: December 31

By Veronica An Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores five goals, five different ways in a 1988 game against the New Jersey Devils. He scored on strength, on the power play, shorthanded, on a penalty shot and into an empty net. The five goals carried the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-6 victory against the…

Today in Sports History: December 19

By Veronica An Hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, scored his 1,000th point in 1984. Gretzky was the eighteenth player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-goal mark and, at age 23, the youngest. He scored 1,000 goals in just 424 games for the Edmonton Oilers. As centre for the Oilers, Gretzky led the team to four…

Today in Sports History: October 20

By Veronica An Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders scored his 30th career hat trick during a 1984 game. According to the NHL website, a hat trick is when a player scores three goals in a game and fans reciprocate by tossing hats into the rink. This feat came as no surprise for Islanders…

Today in Sports History: October 14

By Veronica An Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed The Great One, scored his first goal against the Vancouver Canucks in 1979. Of the 1,487 games he played, Gretzky scored 894 goals and won 2,875 points. He scored 50 goals in just 39 games during the 1981-82 season when he played for the Edmonton Oilers, breaking the 1945…

Today in Sports History: October 1

By Veronica An October 1, 1994 marked the beginning of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) 104-day lockout. The strike began when NHL owners proposed a salary cap and payroll tax to help subsidize teams in weaker markets. The NHL Players’ Association was against these measures. Players walked off the ice until a deal was brokered…

Today in Sports History: September 23

By Veronica An Manon Rheaume became the first woman play in a National Hockey League exhibition game. Rheaume played goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a preseason game against the St. Louis Blues in 1992. According to the NHL website, team founder and general manager Phil Esposito allowed Rheaume to play the first ever…

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…