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This Day in Hockey History – October 23

Today in hockey history, a one-sided game allows two players to set first, a family makes history, some love for the officials, a team sets a record, and an individual reaches a milestone under regrettable circumstances.

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October 23, 1974 – In the Atlanta Flames ridiculous 10-1 win over the Red Wings, two players recorded their first career hat tricks: Curt Bennett (also had two assists) and Eric Vail.

October 23, 1983 – Philadelphia rookie Rich Sutter scored a goal in his first NHL game, making the Sutters the first family in NHL history with six brothers to each score a goal! Yes, six brothers that each not only made it to the NHL, but scored a goal. Those have to be some very, very proud parents.

October 23, 1988 – Dave Newell, in his 22nd NHL season, set an NHL record with his 1,076th career game officiated, an 8-2 Rangers win over the Nordiques. He passed Ron Wicks, who had retired two years earlier.

October 23, 1993 – After tying the record two days prior, Toronto set an NHL record for the most wins from the start of season with their ninth straight, a 2-0 win at Tampa Bay. Yes, the Leafs.

October 23, 1998 – Mark Messier scored his 600th goal as Vancouver won 5-0 at Florida. Messier became the 10th NHL player to reach 600 career goals, and was also the fourth to record 600 goals and 900 career assists. I don’t think him reaching those milestones in a Canucks jersey sits well with anyone.


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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