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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 14: Wayne Gretzky scores first NHL goal

Plus: Kings win first game, Flyers' 35-game unbeaten streak starts, Mike Gartner gets No. 500

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Wayne Gretzky's First NHL Goal

Wayne Gretzky scores first NHL goal vs. Glen Hanlon

Oct 14, 1979: The Great One scores the first of 894 NHL goals vs. Vancouver Canucks goaltender Glen Hanlon.

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1979: Wayne Gretzky scores his first NHL goal in the Edmonton Oilers' 4-4 tie with the Vancouver Canucks at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton.

Gretzky beats goaltender Glen Hanlon for a game-tying power-play goal with 1:09 remaining in the third period. He also assists on a first-period goal by defenseman Risto Siltanen.

Exactly eight years later, Gretzky reaches another milestone goal in a 5-4 home loss to the Calgary Flames. His goal at 1:46 of the second period is the 545th of his career, one more than Hockey Hall of Fame member Maurice Richard.



1967: The Los Angeles Kings defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, to win their NHL debut. Brian Kilrea has two goals and an assist, including the first goal in Kings history.


1979: The Philadelphia Flyers begin the longest unbeaten streak in the NHL by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The Flyers go 35 games without a loss (25 wins, 10 ties) before the streak ends with a 7-1 road loss to the Minnesota North Stars.


1979: The Winnipeg Jets become the first of the four teams added from the World Hockey Association (also the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques) to defeat an NHL team. The Jets beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 at Winnipeg Arena.


1991: Mike Gartner scores his 500th NHL goal in the New York Rangers' 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden in New York. Gartner, who began his NHL career with the Capitals, beats Mike Liut 3:27 into the game to become the 16th player in NHL history to reach the milestone, but the first to do so in a Rangers uniform.


2006: Mike Sillinger becomes the first NHL player to score a goal for 12 teams when he gets one for the New York Islanders in a 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. Sillinger finishes his NHL career with 240 goals in 1,049 games.

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