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This Day in Hockey History – January 6th

Today in hockey history, hat tricks galore, a not-so-surprising record about the Leafs, and a very interesting message to the fans during WWII you won’t want to miss:


January 6th, 1942 – During a game between the Bruins and the Blackhawks at Boston Garden, there was a very interesting announcement made to fans in attendance:  “Please return any pucks deflected into the stands, due to a wartime shortage of rubber.” I can’t imagine what was running through Axis soldiers’ minds when they saw a hockey puck hurled at them in the middle of a firefight.

January 6th, 1981 – New York’s John Tonelli tied a team record with five goals (his first hat trick) and Mike Bossy set a new team record with six assists in the Islanders’ 6-3 victory over Toronto. The team ended up winning four consecutive Stanley Cups, but that’s not important.

January 6th, 1983 – The Toronto Maple Leafs ended their team record, an 18-game road winless streak (0-13-5 – those last five are ties), with a 3-1 win over the Capitals. Hmm, can’t say I’m surprised this one is about the Leafs.

January 6th, 1994 – Ray Sheppard and Vyacheslav Kozlov each scored a hat trick to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 10-3 road win over the Sharks. I can’t remember the last time I witnessed a 10-goal game for one side. It was the first career hat trick for Kozlov and the fourth for Sheppard.

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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