Hockey is finally back, but we at Last Word on Hockey are still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for August 30th featuring Shane Doan.
Today in Hockey History
Shane Doan Calls it a Career
2017: The Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes captain retires after 21 seasons with the organization. He debuts in the final season with the original Jets, but becomes the face of Arizona hockey. The Halkirk, Alberta native is named team captain in 2003.
He retires as the team’s all-time leader in goals (402), assists (570) and points (972). He plays in 1,540 games, which is tied with Johnny Bucyk for 14th all-time. Arizona retires is No. 19 sweater on Feb. 24, 2019.
Other Notable Events
1979: The Montreal Canadiens obtain goalie Denis Herron from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Forwards Pat Hughes and Robbie Holland come to the Penguins in return. Herron wins the Vezina Trophy in 1981 and the Jennings Trophy in 1982 for the Habs.
1982: The Washington Capitals hire David Poile as general manger. Washington didn’t qualify for the post-season in eight previous seasons. However, he gets the Capitals into Stanley Cup Playoffs in 1983. Poile acquires defenceman Rod Langway from the St. Louis Blues. Washington makes the post-season every year from 1983-1997 under Poile’s watch. Washington fires him after missing the playoffs in 1997, but he isn’t out of work long. The Nashville Predators hired Poile and he’s held that post ever since.
1994: The Canadiens name Kirk Muller as team captain. Montreal replaces the recently-traded Guy Carbonneau with the move. The Canadiens trade Muller to the New York Islanders in April 1995. Montreal names Mike Keane as the next captain.
2013: The Anaheim Ducks sign Teemu Selanne to a one-year contract. Selanne tells everyone his will be his final NHL season. His announcement comes in the form of a funny video made from the golf course. He also plays in one more Olympics for his native Finland. Selanne scores four goals to help the Finns win bronze at the Sochi games.
Happy Birthday to You
1927: Dunc Fisher
1934: Jean-Guy Gendron
1941: Lowell MacDonald
1968: Vladimir Malakhov
1994: Nikita Tryamkin