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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 17: Steve Yzerman scores 500th goal

Plus: Bobby Clarke becomes youngest captain in NHL history; Zdeno 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 in the second period of 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 midway through the first period.



1959: Howe sees action on defense 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 after losing other defensemen to injury. 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 prior to a game against the Montreal Canadiens at Chicago Stadium prior to making his 500th consecutive start (regular season and playoffs). However, the Canadiens get goals from six players in a 7-3 victory.


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


1981: Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders 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 one 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 Carolina 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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