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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 17: Yzerman scores 500th goal

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

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


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



1932: Roy Worters of the New York Americans becomes the fifth goalie 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 Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens. Coach Sid Abel moves Howe from right wing back to defense because of injuries. Howe assists on a power-play goal by Norm Ullman with 1:31 remaining in the third period.


1962: Chicago Blackhawks goalie 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.


2018: The NHL and Bruins honor hockey pioneer Willie O'Ree to mark the 60th anniversary of his League debut. On Jan. 18, 1958, O'Ree skates for the Bruins at the Montreal Forum, becoming the first black player to compete in an NHL game.


2019: Henrik Lundqvist ties Terry Sawchuk for sixth on the NHL's all-time victory list when the New York Rangers defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist makes 24 saves for his 445th NHL victory. "I've already passed some names that meant a lot to me growing up," Lundqvist says, "so it's a very cool feeling."

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