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This Day in Hockey History – October 12

Exciting day in hockey history: A man with a fun name is born, a team wins its first game, a rookie ties an amazing record, the NHL records its own history (twice), a crazy [embarrassing] streak comes to an end, a couple of high-scoring games, a great individual effort, and an interesting mark is set for the first time.

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October 12, 1959 – Former left winger Eddy Beers was born in Merritt, British Columbia. Beers may not have had the most glamorous career, but that’s one heck of an awesome name. He wasn’t a bad player, though: Beers scored 210 points in 250 games, good for nearly one point per game. Unfortunately, his career was shortened by injury.

October 12, 1972 – The New York Islanders won their first game in team history, and it wasn’t easy – Germain Gagnon scored with 69 seconds left in a 3-2 win over the Kings. Rookie Billy Harris scored twice for the Isles. The win gave them an even 1-1 record, but they’d finish with an embarrassing 12-60-6 record (which included a 12-game losing streak).

October 12, 1976 – Rangers Don Murdoch scored five goals to lead the Rangers to a high-scoring 10-4 win over the Minnesota North Stars. Oh, did I mention he was a rookie? Yep, Murdoch tied the record for most goals in a game by a rookie, joining Howie Meeker who set the mark in 1944 with Toronto.

October 12, 1980 – In a pretty historical moment, in its 64th season, the NHL saw its 100,000th goal scored! It was pretty disappointing though…Wilf Paiment put one into the empty net to give the Leafs a 4-2 win in Philadelphia. Well, at least no goalie has to live with allowing the 100,000th goal in NHL history.

October 12, 1988 – Greg Adams scored a hat trick and added an assist to lead Vancouver to a 6-2 win at Edmonton…and the win ended a ridiculous 27-game winless streak (0-24-3) for the Canucks against the Oilers. You’d figure they’d have to at least win of those games by luck, right?

October 12, 1988 – Chicago’s Denis Savard scored two shorthanded goals (tying a club record) and added three assists, and Rick Vaive had his 13th career hat trick and an assist to give the Blackhawks a 10-1 win over the Jets. It’s been a while since a team has put up a 10-spot.

October 12, 1991 – The NHL had the busiest night in its 75-year history as all 22 teams played a total of 11 games.

October 12, 1992 – Pavel Bure scored his first NHL hat trick to lead the Canucks to an 8-1 win over the Jets. And, just to make sure it counted, he scored a fourth goal and added an assist. Two of his goals game shorthanded.

October 12, 1996 – Washington’s Dale Hunter became the first player in NHL history to record 300 goals and 3,000 penalty minutes in his career, as he scored in a 4-3 Capitals loss to the Kings. That’s actually really impressive.


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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