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This Day in Hockey History – December 14

Today in hockey history, a rookie coach sets a record, a team uses an innovative method of getting to its game (innovative for its time), a player sets a team record by being a clown, a referee sets a record, and a team begins a short streak that was actually pretty darn impressive.

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December 14, 1926 – The Ottawa Senators beat the New York Americans 2-0, giving Ottawa coach David Gill an undefeated record of 9-0-1, the best start to a coaching career. He would lose his next game, though

December 14, 1929 – For the first time in history, a team traveled by plane to play an NHL game: the Rangers traveled to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs. And it was an exciting game, too, as the Leafs ended up winning 7-6 in overtime. Maybe the whole travelling by plane thing was a good idea.

December 14, 1974 – Rangers’ Greg Polis set a team record with…33 penalty minutes, the most in one game. There were 256 total PIMs, 196 of which came in the third. Way to go guys! Oh, the Blues won 6-2.

December 14, 1985 – How about an officiating record: Ron Wicks officiated his 1,034th regular-season game, passing Bruce Hood for the all-time lead in games officiated by a referee. He officiated a 6-6 tie between the North Stars and Leafs.

December 14, 1996 – Philadelphia goalie Garth Snow recorded his first NHL career shutout as the Flyers beat the Whalers 4-0. It was actually the first of four straight shutouts for the Flyers. They’d shutout the Bruins, Islanders, and Blues, scoring at least four goals themselves in each game – 19 total goals, meaning they outscored their opponents 19-0 in that stretch. Remember when the Flyers had goaltending and defense?


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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