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…

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,…