Today in hockey history, a one-sided game allows two players to set first, a family makes history, some love for the officials, a team sets a record, and an individual reaches a milestone under regrettable circumstances.
October 23, 1974 – In the Atlanta Flames ridiculous 10-1 win over the Red Wings, two players recorded their first career hat tricks: Curt Bennett (also had two assists) and Eric Vail.
October 23, 1983 – Philadelphia rookie Rich Sutter scored a goal in his first NHL game, making the Sutters the first family in NHL history with six brothers to each score a goal! Yes, six brothers that each not only made it to the NHL, but scored a goal. Those have to be some very, very proud parents.
October 23, 1988 – Dave Newell, in his 22nd NHL season, set an NHL record with his 1,076th career game officiated, an 8-2 Rangers win over the Nordiques. He passed Ron Wicks, who had retired two years earlier.
October 23, 1993 – After tying the record two days prior, Toronto set an NHL record for the most wins from the start of season with their ninth straight, a 2-0 win at Tampa Bay. Yes, the Leafs.
October 23, 1998 – Mark Messier scored his 600th goal as Vancouver won 5-0 at Florida. Messier became the 10th NHL player to reach 600 career goals, and was also the fourth to record 600 goals and 900 career assists. I don’t think him reaching those milestones in a Canucks jersey sits well with anyone.
Source: Hockey Hall of Fame