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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 29: Martin Brodeur announces retirement

Plus: Bryan Trottier, Luc Robitaille each earn 1,000th NHL point

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 29

2015: Martin Brodeur, the winningest goaltender in NHL history, officially announces his retirement.

Brodeur, 42, finishes his NHL career 691-397-105-49 with a 2.24 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and a League-record 125 shutouts in 1,266 games, all but the last seven with the New Jersey Devils. He holds the NHL's regular-season records for wins, shutouts, games played and minutes played (74,439). He's also first in starts (204) and shutouts (24), and second in victories (113) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and helped the Devils win championships in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

"If you play hockey, you might as well win," he said. "The most important record is the wins record that I have."

Brodeur retires after going 3-3-0 with a 2.87 GAA, .899 save percentage and one shutout in seven appearances for the St. Louis Blues; he stays with the Bluese and becomes an assistant general manager.

Video: Martin Brodeur owns many key career goalie records

 

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1953: Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens makes NHL history by becoming the first player to score 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons. Richard reaches the milestone with the first of his two goals in Montreal's 5-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

 

1985: Center Bryan Trottier becomes the 19th player in NHL history with 1,000 career points when he scores two goals to help the New York Islanders rally from a four-goal deficit for a 4-4 tie with the Minnesota North Stars at Nassau Coliseum. Trottier is the first player to get his 1,000th point by scoring a shorthanded goal.

 

1998: Luc Robitaille reaches 1,000 NHL points when he has two assists for the Los Angeles Kings in a 5-3 victory against the visiting Calgary Flames. Robitaille is the sixth left wing in NHL history to reach 1,000 points. 

On the same night, Ron Francis of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the 11th player in NHL history to reach 1,400 points. He has two assists in a 4-2 road victory against the Boston Bruins. Three years later, Francis, now with the Carolina Hurricanes, is credited with three assists in a 5-2 win against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning to become the fifth player with 1,600 career points.

 

2004: Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings moves past Mario Lemieux into sixth place on the NHL's all-time scoring list. He gets 1,702nd point with a third-period assist in Detroit's 5-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Joe Louis Arena.

 

2015: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scores a game-tying shorthanded goal against the Toronto Maple leafs at Air Canada Centre five seconds after the puck drops to start the third period. It's the quickest shorthanded goal from the start of a period in NHL history and sparks the Coyotes to a 3-1 victory.

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