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This Day in Hockey History – January 11

Today in hockey history, Gretzky is finally beaten in something, high-scoring games, milestones, and a very pessimistic goaltender.


January 11, 1953 – Rangers rookie Gump Worsley, filling in for the injured Chuck Rayner, recorded his first NHL shutout in a 7-0 home win against Montreal. Fun fact: while playing for the Rangers, Gump Worsley was asked which team gave him the most trouble. His response? The Rangers.

January 11, 1983 – The Kings’s Marcel Dionne picked up his 24th career hat trick and added three assists (six points) in a 9-7 win at Washington, which was also their first road win after eight straight losses. If you’re keeping score, that’s a total of 16 goals scored in that game.

January 11, 1983 – Edmonton’s Pat Hughes set an NHL record for the fastest two shorthanded goals by one player at just 25 seconds apart. Hughes became the first player to break a Gretzky record. Take that, Wayne!

January 11, 2003 – Jaromir Jagr, playing for Washington, picked up his 10th career hat trick and added four assists (seven points) to record his 1,200th NHL point in a 12-2 win against the visiting Panthers. The trick gave Jagr 20 or more goals in each of his 13 NHL seasons, both of which are very impressive feats. I don’t think the Washington fans remember Jagr for either accomplishment, though. Oh, and that’s a lot of goals for one side!

January 11, 2004 – Washington’s Olaf Kolzig recorded his 32nd career shutout in a 1-0 win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Ollie the Goalie!

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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