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This Day in Hockey History – October 25

Today in hockey history, two teams reach big milestones, a player scores a lot of goals, an interesting goalie feat, a defenseman sets a record, and a ridiculous drought comes to an end.

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October 25, 1977 – The Bruins reached a milestone: 10,000 goals scored, but the best celebration they could come up with was a 4-4 tie against the Colorado Rockies. Rick Smith did the honor of putting that 10,000th goal in. At least it wasn’t some random one-time wonder that scored two career goals with the Bruins; Smith played eight seasons in Boston (although he managed just 36 goals in that time).

October 25, 1990 – Brett Hull scored a hat trick in a Blues 8-5 win over the Leafs, making him the first player in St. Louis history to record back-to-back hat tricks. His previous hat trick actually came against the Leafs as well in the first half of a home-and-home.

October 25, 1991 – Vince Riendeau and Tim Cheveldae posted the first shared shutout in the Red Wings 65-year history, as Riendeau was injured at 7:09 of the second period and Detroit beat Toronto 4-0. Ah, there are the Leafs we know, being on the wrong side of records. The two goalies had to face just 13 shots combined to record the feat.

October 25, 1997 – The Canadiens reached 6,000 franchise points (in the standings) with a 4-2 win over the Senators, making them the first to reach that mark. It was just their 4,986th game. Math fun: that means they had a “career” winning/points percentage of 60.2%. That’s not bad at all.

October 25. 2000 – Ray Bourque picked up two assists in a 2-1 Avalanche win over the Predators to give him 1,529 career points, making him the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history. He passed Paul Coffey and added 50 more, and still sits atop that list with 1,579.

October 25, 2002 – Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko scored in a 2-1 win over the Sabers to end his NHL-record 256-game goal drought, which dated back to February 1999! That’s three and a half seasons! He finished only slightly behind Bourque with 36 goals 142 assists, in 1,283 games. Despite that, his number 3 was still sent to New Jersey’s rafters. Well they didn’t pay him to score.


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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