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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 3: Canucks defeat Mighty Ducks in Tokyo

Plus: Beliveau signs first NHL contract with Canadiens; Kings name Blake captain

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: NHL heads to Japan

Memories: The NHL takes the sport to Tokyo, Japan

On October 3, 1997 history was made in the NHL as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks played the Vancouver Canucks on foreign soil in Tokyo, Japan

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1997: The Vancouver Canucks defeat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3-2 at Yoyogi Arena in Tokyo to win the first NHL regular-season game played outside North America.

Vancouver forward Scott Walker scores in the first period, and goals by Mark Messier and Pavel Bure are enough to hold off the Mighty Ducks. Kirk McLean makes 32 saves.

Anaheim's Espen Knutsen becomes the first player born and trained in Norway to play an NHL game.

The teams play again the following day in Tokyo, with Anaheim winning 3-2.



1931: Glenn Hall is born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. "Mr. Goalie" wins 407 games during an 18-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. He's a key to the Blackhawks' 1961 Stanley Cup victory, going 8-4 with a 2.02 goals-against average. Hall also sets a record for goalies that doesn't figure to be broken by starting 502 consecutive regular-season games.

Video: Ironman Glenn Hall started 502 straight games in goal


1953: The Montreal Canadiens add their next superstar when Jean Beliveau signs his first NHL contract and is issued No. 4, the number he wears throughout his Hall of Fame career. He wears it that night and assists on a goal by Maurice Richard in the NHL All-Star Game.

Getting Beliveau's signature on a five-year, $105,000 contract ends a long wait for the Canadiens. They end up having to buy the Quebec Senior Hockey League to steer Beliveau to Montreal after he's resisted overtures during the previous three years. Beliveau goes on to play on 10 Stanley Cup-winning teams with the Canadiens before retiring after the 1970-71 season, then is part of seven more championship teams as an executive with the Canadiens.

Video: Jean Beliveau's name is on Stanley Cup 17 times


1996: The Los Angeles Kings name defenseman Rob Blake as the 11th captain in their history. He succeeds Wayne Gretzky, who was traded to the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 27, 1996. Blake serves as captain until Feb. 21, 2001, when he's traded to the Colorado Avalanche. Blake retires in 2010 and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.


1997: Patrick Roy becomes the eighth goalie in NHL history to reach 350 career victories by making 26 saves to help the visiting Avalanche defeat the Calgary Flames 4-1.


2009: Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils sets an NHL record with his 15th straight opening-night start. He also becomes the second goalie in League history (after Roy) to appear in 1,000 regular-season games. However, the Devils lose 5-2 to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.`

Video: Martin Brodeur owns many key career goalie records


2019: Henrik Lundqvist becomes the sixth goalie in NHL history to win 450 games when the New York Rangers defeat the Winnipeg Jets 6-4 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist makes his 14th consecutive opening-night start and ties a Rangers record with 43 saves in a season-opening game, equaling the mark set by Gump Worsley against Chicago on Oct. 7, 1955.

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