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This Date in NHL History

Jan. 29: Brodeur announces retirement

Trottier, Robitaille each earns 1,000th NHL point

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


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

Brodeur, 42, finishes his NHL career 691-397-49 with 105 ties, 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 helps the Devils win championships in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

Video: Martin Brodeur owns many key career goalie records

"If you play hockey, you might as well win," Brodeur says. "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 is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.



1953: Montreal Canadiens forward Maurice Richard makes NHL history by becoming the first player to score at least 20 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.


1977: A snowstorm keeps several of the Buffalo Sabres trapped in Buffalo. But despite dressing just 14 players, the Sabres manage a 3-3 tie against the Canadiens at the Forum. Jim Schoenfeld scores 8:25 into the third period to give the Sabres a point after they rally from two goals down late in the second period.


1985: Center Bryan Trottier becomes the 19th player in NHL history with 1,000 points when he scores two goals to help the New York Islanders rally from four goals down 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 League history to reach 1,000 points. 

On the same night, Pittsburgh Penguins center Ron Francis 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 points.


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

Video: Steve Yzerman was Detroit's captain for 19 seasons


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.


2017: The Metropolitan Division wins the NHL All-Star Game at Staples Center in Los Angeles by defeating the Pacific Division 4-3 in the championship game of the 3-on-3 tournament. Forward Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers is named MVP after scoring the winning goal midway through the second half, five seconds after the tying goal by Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Video: Metro All-Stars defeat Pacific All-Stars in Finals

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