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This Date in NHL History

Nov. 26: NHL founded in 1917, elects Calder as first president

Plus: Howe first to 1,000 games; Orr plays for last time with Bruins

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Founding of the NHL

Memories: The National Hockey League is born

On November 26, 1917, the founding of the National Hockey League was announced in Montreal and the league was born

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1917: The NHL is founded and elects Frank Calder as its first president. The League's charter members are the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Arenas and Quebec Bulldogs.

The new league emerges from the ashes of the National Hockey Association, which suspends operations a few weeks earlier. After three days of meetings among directors of NHA franchises, the NHL is formed, with play to begin on Dec. 19, 1917.

The four-team league (Quebec elects not to field a team until 1919-20), plays a 24-game schedule, with the champion to face the winner of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association for the Stanley Cup.

Video: The National Hockey League is born in 1917



1925: The NHL officially adds franchises in Pittsburgh and New York. The Pirates stock their team by purchasing the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets of the USHL, while the Americans buy the roster of the NHL's Hamilton Tigers. The League also increases the number of regular-season games from 30 to 36 for the 1925-26 season.


1961: Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings becomes the first player in NHL history to play in 1,000 regular-season games. Howe does not have a point in the Red Wings' 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium.

Video: Gordie Howe, 'Mr. Hockey,' enjoyed five-decade career


1975: Bobby Orr plays his final game with the Boston Bruins. Orr has a goal and an assist in a 6-4 victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. He is unable to play for the remainder of the season because of knee problems that require surgery, then signs with Chicago on June 24, 1976. Orr finishes his time in Boston with 888 points (264 goals, 624 assists) in 631 games.

Video: Bobby Orr revolutionized defensive position


1983: Wayne Gretzky begins an NHL-record 17-game assist streak when he has five for the Edmonton Oilers in an 8-6 loss at the St. Louis Blues. It comes during his 51-game point streak, also an NHL record.


1984: Two days after playing against the Red Wings, Canadiens forward Guy Lafleur announces his retirement. He ends his NHL career with 518 goals and Canadiens records of 728 assists and 1,246 points. Lafleur is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 but soon after returns to play with the Rangers. He plays one season in New York and two with the Quebec Nordiques before retiring for good.


1999: Steve Yzerman scores his 600th NHL goal in Detroit's 4-2 win against the Oilers at Joe Louis Arena. He becomes the 11th player in League history to reach 600 goals. The milestone comes a week after Yzerman's 900th assist; he joins Gretzky, Howe, Marcel Dionne and Mark Messier as the only NHL players with 600 goals and 900 assists.

Video: Joe Moment: Steve Yzerman scores his 600th NHL goal


2003: Scott Stevens sets an NHL record for games played by a defenseman when he competes for the visiting New Jersey Devils against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. It's the 1,616th NHL game for Stevens, breaking the record held by Larry Murphy, a former teammate with the Washington Capitals. New Jersey and Anaheim finish in a 3-3 tie.


2005: New York Rangers defenseman Marek Malik scores one of the most spectacular shootout goals ever when he beats Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig with a between-the-legs shot in the 15th round for a 3-2 victory at Madison Square Garden. Malik races in on Kolzig, puts the puck between his legs and shoots it over the goaltender's shoulder for the win. It's the offensive highlight of Malik's career; he plays in 691 NHL games and finishes his career with 33 goals.

Video: Marek Malik pulls puck between legs 15th round winner


2014: Nick Bjugstad scores 21 seconds after the opening face-off and the Florida Panthers make the lead stand up for a 1-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at BB&T Center. It's the second-fastest goal in a 1-0 game in NHL history, one second short of matching the record set 24 days earlier by Michael Frolik of the Winnipeg Jets in their win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.


2018: Patrick Marleau of the Toronto Maple Leafs becomes the 11th player in NHL history to play in 1,600 regular-season games. He has an assist in 16:53 of ice time in Toronto's 4-2 win against the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Arena.


2019: The Bruins have their biggest offensive game in Montreal in 21 years when they defeat the Canadiens 8-1 at Bell Centre. David Pastrnak has his second hat trick of the season for the Bruins, who score the most goals they've had in a game at Montreal since winning 9-2 on Oct. 28, 1998. The Bruins send Montreal goalie Carey Price to the bench 1:10 into the second period, the first time in 113 starts that Price doesn't finish a game he starts.

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