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This Date in NHL History

Oct. 8: Howe signs first contract with Red Wings

Plus: Jarvis begins record consecutive games played streak; regular-season overtime returns

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1946: Gordie Howe begins his NHL journey when he signs a contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Howe, an 18-year-old from Floral, Saskatchewan, makes his NHL debut eight days later. He finishes his first season with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 58 games. By 1949-50, he's a 35-goal scorer and begins a run of 20 seasons when he finishes in the top five in the NHL scoring race. He wins the Art Ross Trophy six times and plays on four Stanley Cup-winning teams with Detroit.

Howe is 52 when he retires June 4, 1980, holding the NHL record for games played (1,767), goals (801) and points (1,850).

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



1963: Montreal Canadiens rookie John Ferguson gets into a fight on the first shift of his NHL debut, but also scores two goals and has an assist in a 4-4 tie against the Boston Bruins. Ferguson gets his Gordie Howe Hat Trick while playing on a line with Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion.


1971: Craig Patrick becomes the first third-generation player in NHL history when he plays for the California Golden Seals in a 4-4 opening-night tie against the visiting Los Angeles Kings. His father (Lynn Patrick) and grandfather (Lester Patrick), are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.


1975: The longest consecutive games-played streak in NHL history begins when Doug Jarvis of the Canadiens plays the first of 964 straight games. Jarvis starts the streak with Montreal, continues it with the Washington Capitals and ends it with the Hartford Whalers on Oct. 10, 1987.


1983: Regular-season overtime returns to the NHL for the first time since 1942. After Bob Nystrom ties the game with 56 seconds remaining in the third period, Bob Bourne scores in OT to give the New York Islanders an 8-7 victory against the Washington Capitals at Capital Centre.


1993: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim play their first NHL game and lose to the Red Wings 7-2 at Arrowhead Pond. Defenseman Sean Hill scores the first goal in Mighty Ducks history at 4:13 of the second period to make it 3-1, but Detroit scores the next four before Troy Loney's third-period power-play goal for Anaheim. The Mighty Ducks finish their first NHL season 33-46 with five ties.


2014: Antti Niemi makes 34 saves in the San Jose Sharks' 4-0 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Niemi is the first goalie to shut out the defending Stanley Cup champions in their season-opening game since Turk Broda of the Toronto Maple Leafs does it against the Bruins on Nov. 8, 1941.


2017: Henrik Lundqvist makes 34 saves and the New York Rangers defeat the Canadiens 2-0 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist makes an unexpected start one night after allowing five goals in the first period before being pulled in an 8-5 road loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The shutout is the 62nd of his NHL career, moving him past Broda into 16th place on the all-time list.

Video: MTL@NYR: Lundqvist stops flurry of Canadiens' shots


2019: The Winnipeg Jets end an 18-game road losing streak against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-1 victory at PPG Paints Arena. It's their first win in Pittsburgh since the franchise relocates from Atlanta in 2011. Before the win, the Thrashers/Jets are 0-14-4 in Pittsburgh since a 4-2 Atlanta victory at Mellon Arena on Dec. 27, 2006.

On the same night, Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle becomes the fifth player in NHL history and the first born in the United States to play in 800 consecutive regular-season games. Yandle scores a goal but the Panthers lose 6-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes at BB&T Center.

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