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This Day in Hockey History – November 13

Today in hockey history, the first of a type of goal is scored, a team plays its first game under its new (and short-lived) name, the league introduces a new policy that nobody would ever think is mandatory, a very interesting win, a player sets a record, an expansion franchise decides on a new name, and the Hall of Fame inducts a new class.

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November 13, 1934 – St. Louis Eagles’ Ralph Bowman scored the first goal of his career, and it also happened to be the first penalty-shot goal in league history! It was just the second penalty shot in history as well. The Eagles lost to the Montreal Maroons 2-1.

November 13, 1941 – The Brooklyn Americans, recently renamed from the New York Americans, played their first game with a new name, losing 2-1 to Chicago. It was their first and only season as Brooklyn. They folded the year after, never actually playing a game in Brooklyn. Search our site for “Red Dutton” or “Dutton’s Curse” for more background and fun facts.

November 13, 1947 – For the first time in NHL history, the league initiated the policy of having players raise their sticks to signify the scoring of a goal for the benefit of everyone else who could not see the puck in the net. And here we thought they were all just celebrating a hard-earned goal! Montreal’s Billy Reay became the first to do so as the Canadiens beat Chicago 5-2, and the tradition has lived on since and become a staple of scoring.

November 13, 1968 – The St. Louis Blues beat the Rangers 3-1, but it took them three goalies to do so! Starter Glenn Hall got ejected in the first, backup Robbie Irons suffered a leg injury, and Jacques Plante finished the game. Must’ve been embarrassing to the guy who let up that one goal.

November 13, 1975 – Chicago’s John Marks set a new mark (heh) for the fastest two goals to start a game by scoring twice in just 33 seconds in the first period of a 5-5 tie at Philadelphia. Marks broke the old NHL record of :37 set in 1943 by Boston.

November 13, 1997 – NHL’s Nashville expansion franchise announced the team set to begin play in 1998 would be called the “Predators.” Interestingly, the logo, a saber-toothed cat, was established and created before the name was chosen, and three names made it to the finals: The Fury, the Ice Tigers, and the Attack. You may notice an obvious omission here…Owner Craig Leipold submitted his own write-in vote, the Predators, which mysteriously “won” the contest.

November 13, 2000 – Hockey Hall of Fame inducted its newest members: Players Joe Mullen and Denis Savard, builder Walter Bush, and media members Bob Miller and Jim Matheson.

 

Source: Hockey Hall of Fame

Scott Finger
Scott is the former managing editor at Hooked on Hockey Magazine. He loves hockey, writing, and writing about hockey. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 2011 with a useless degree in Media Communications (concentrating in Journalism). Being a New York Rangers fan (and NY Giants and Mets fan) living in Boston is very uncomfortable for him, and it'll be awkward trying to celebrate a Rangers Cup win in the streets when they inevitably win sometime in the next 100 years. He also likes long walks on the beach.
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