Hockey is going strong, 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 September 19, featuring Eric Lindros.
Today in Hockey History
Eric Lindros Makes Pre-Season Debut
1992: The Philadelphia Flyers centre makes his pre-season debut against the Quebec Nordiques. Lindros sat out the 1991-92 after Quebec took his first in the 1991 NHL Draft. Philadelphia acquired him in a blockbuster trade, but only after an arbitrator decided. The New York Rangers also thought they got Lindros via trade.
Lindros gets a goal and an assist against the Nordiques in front of the home crowd at the Spectrum. He finishes his rookie season with 75 points (41 goals, 34 assists) and 147 penalty minutes in 61 games.
Other Notable Events
1990: The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Los Angeles Kings, 5-3, in a pre-season game at the Suncoast Dome at at St. Petersburg, Fla. A crowd of 25,581 fans attends the game at the now Tropicana Field for the largest NHL crowd ever at the time.
1991: Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher makes a splash in a big trade with the Edmonton Oilers. The Leafs gets Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Craig Berube in the deal. Edmonton obtains Vincent Damphousse, Scott Thornton, Luke Richardson and Peter Ing from Toronto.
2013: The Dallas Stars name Jamie Benn as their new team captain. He replaces Brendan Morrow in the role and currently wears the “C” as of now.
2017: Nashville names Roman Josi as the team’s seventh captain in team history. He becomes the second European-based captain and first since Kimmo Timonen. Josi replaces the recently-retired Mike Fisher as the new captain.
Happy Birthday to You
1940: Ed Westfall
1943: Andre Boudrias
1957: Craig Laughlin
1961: Don Beaupre
1970: Gilbert Dionne
1981: Rick DiPietro
1983: Joni Pitkanen
1988: Nick Spaling