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This Day in Hockey History – January 13

Today in hockey history, Gordie Howe continues to amaze with his longevity and consistency, a pair of teammates set milestones on the same night, a player earns his first empty net goal, and a birthday surprise.


January 13, 1963 – Gordie Howe scored twice in the Red Wings 4-2 win over the Rangers. That gave Howe 20 for the season, causing him to reach that mark for the 14th consecutive year. Of course, being Mr. Hockey, he would do the same for the next thirteen seasons (nine in the NHL, four in the WHL), giving him at least 20 goals in TWENTY SEVEN straight seasons. Yowza.

January 13, 1994 – In his 500th NHL game, the Blues Brett Hull scored a goal in his team’s 6-4 win over the Oilers in St. Louis. It was his 386th career goal, but his first ever into an empty net, which is incredible if you think about how many empty net goals star players seem to earn these days.

January 13, 2003 – On his 23rd birthday, rookie Michael Rupp became the first player in NHL history to score twice in his NHL debut and also on his birthday, with his Devils beating the Panthers 6-2 (and outshooting them a whopping 41-12). And he probably didn’t get punched in the face that night! What a birthday!

January 13, 2004 – Tom Fitzgerald and Gary Roberts became the first teammates in NHL history to play in their 1,000th NHL game in the same night, as the Maple Leafs beat the visiting Flames 4-1 against. That’s pretty cool. Fitzgerald scored a goal in the game.

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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