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This Day in Hockey History – January 8th

This day in hockey history, some hockey back in the day, Mario Lemieux, short people being memorable, and …quack, quack, quack, QUACK QUACK QUACK! QUACK! QUACK!…


January 8th, 1944 – Boston’s Bill Cowley, the NHL’s scoring leader with 53 points in just 26 games, injured his shoulder in a 12-3 loss at Toronto. He would come back to play 10 more games, scoring 18 more points in the process, but lost the opportunity to become the NHL’s first 100-point scorer. And I thought the new NHL was supposed to have more scoring!

January 8th, 1990 – Mario Lemieux extended his point scoring streak to 31 straight games, scoring four goals in the Penguins 7-5 win against the Rangers. It was the 24th hat trick of Lemieux’s NHL career; not to diminish what he did, but he was a year behind Gretzky in terms of time it took to reach the hat trick milestone.

January 8th, 1994 – The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim became the first NHL team to win 12 games on the road for the 1993-94 season, beating the St. Louis Blues 5-3. I just wanted to include a Ducks fact when Anaheim still had the best professional sports team name in all of sports.

January 8th, 1998 – Chicago’s rookie goalie Darren Pang, now best known for his work with TSN and NBC, set a club record for goaltenders when he put up his 5th assist of the season, as the Blackhawks beat Toronto 7-3 (AGAIN with the Leafs being on the other end). Did I mention that he’s just 5’5”, the second smallest goalie in league history (it was often joked that he had a sixth hole, over his head)? And I thought he was just goofing when he pretended to play goalie when he stood in net during a Jeremy Roenick deflection demonstration.

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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