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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 10: Wayne Gretzky has assist in NHL debut

Plus: Doug Jarvis plays in record 964th consecutive game; Brian Sutter gets 300th win as coach

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1979: Wayne Gretzky makes his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers and gets his first point, an assist, in a 4-2 road loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gretzky's assist comes on the first NHL goal in franchise history, by defenseman Kevin Lowe at 9:49 of the first period. Dave Hunter scores just over five minutes later to tie the game 2-2, but power-play goals by John Marks at 18:55 of the first period and Troy Murray at 15:36 of the second are enough to give the Blackhawks the win.

Gretzky doesn't score his first NHL goal until his third game, but he finishes the season with 51 goals and 137 points, tying him with Marcel Dionne of the Los Angeles Kings for the NHL lead.



1987: Doug Jarvis of the Hartford Whalers plays in his NHL-record 964th consecutive game, a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers. One night later, the streak ends when Jarvis misses Hartford's game against the Boston Bruins because of an injury. He never plays another NHL game.


1989: Players from the Soviet Union face each other for the first time in an NHL game. The New Jersey Devils lineup includes defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov and Sergei Starikov; the visiting Calgary Flames use forwards Sergei Priakin and Sergei Makarov. Priakin has the game-winning goal and Makarov has an assist in Calgary's 4-2 victory.


1998: Brian Sutter earns his 300th victory as an NHL coach when the Calgary Flames defeat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 in a game played in Tokyo. Theo Fleury's hat trick helps Sutter become the first man in League history to get 300 wins as a coach after scoring 300 goals as a player.

On the same night, the Nashville Predators make their NHL debut at home against the Florida Panthers. Florida goaltender Kirk McLean makes 26 saves and Ray Whitney scores a third-period power-play goal in a 1-0 victory.


2002: At age 19, Stanislav Chistov becomes the youngest player in NHL history to get four points in his first game. He has a goal and three assists to help the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 at Scottrade Center.


2015: The Florida Panthers set a modern-day NHL record for the fastest four goals from the start of a season in their 7-1 season-opening victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at BB&T Center. Vincent Trocheck, Nick Bjugstad, Reilly Smith and Jussi Jokinen scored in the game's first 6:46 to give Florida a 4-0 lead.

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