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Jan. 17: Yzerman scores 500th goal

Plus: Clarke becomes youngest captain in NHL history; Chara gets first hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 17

Two future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame reach the same milestone, seven years apart.

1996: Steve Yzerman becomes the 22nd player in NHL history to score 500 goals. No. 500 is a power-play goal at 7:52 of the second period in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at Joe Louis Arena. Yzerman joins Gordie Howe as the only players to score 500 goals with the Red Wings.

2003: Joe Nieuwendyk scores his 500th NHL goal in the New Jersey Devils' 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nieuwendyk becomes the 32nd player to reach the milestone when he beats goalie Kevin Weekes at 11:18 of the first period.

Video: Joe Nieuwendyk won Cup with three different teams

 

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1932: Roy Worters of the New York Americans becomes the fifth goaltender in NHL history to have 50 shutouts in his career. The milestone comes in the Americans' 4-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden.

 

1959: Howe plays as a defenseman for the Red Wings in a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens. Coach Sid Abel moves Howe from right wing back to defense because of injuries. Howe assists on Norm Ullman's power-play goal with 1:31 remaining in the third period.

 

1962: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Glenn Hall is honored before to a game against the Montreal Canadiens at Chicago Stadium prior to making his 500th consecutive start (regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs). However, the Canadiens get goals from six players in a 7-3 victory.

 

1973: At age 23, Philadelphia Flyers forward Bobby Clarke becomes the youngest captain in NHL history when he succeeds Ed Van Impe. Clarke remains captain through the 1978-79 season, then returns as captain from 1982-84.

 

1981: New York Islanders forward Mike Bossy sets an NHL single-season record with his eighth hat trick of the season. It comes in a 6-4 victory against the Washington Capitals at Nassau Coliseum. Bossy scores once in the second period and twice in the third, giving him 48 goals in 47 games.

 

2011: Defenseman Zdeno Chara, halfway through his 13th NHL season, scores three goals in a game for the first time to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Hurricanes 7-0 at TD Garden. Chara scores twice in the first period and completes his first NHL hat trick by scoring a power-play goal with 5:56 remaining in the third period.

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