We’re normally getting ready for another hockey season, but we’re in a different world. Last Word on Hockey is 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 October 2, featuring Ray Bourque.
Today in Hockey History
Ray Bourque Scores Most Goals by Defenceman
1999: The Boston Bruins blueliner scores his 386th career goal in a 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He passes Paul Coffey on the all-time list for most goals by a defenceman. Bouruqe’s goal is the only one allowed by Arturs Irbe for the Hurricanes.
The Montreal native finishes with 410 career goals in his Hall of Fame career. That is still the most of any defenceman in league history. He retires in 2001 after winning a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche.
Other Notable Events
1999: The Atlanta Thrashers lose their first regular season game in team history, 4-1, to the New Jersey Devils. Thrashers’ captain Kelly Buchberger scores in front of the sellout crowd of 18,545, but Martin Brodeur stops 26 shots.
2009: Ville Koistinen wows his home country with a goal and shootout-winner in the Florida Panthers‘ 4-3 win over the Blackhawks. Koistinen is from Oulu, Finland and roofs the winning shot over Cristobal Huet at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.
Paul Kariya scores twice as the Blues’ 4-3 victory over the Red Wings. This game was play in Stockholm as part of the Premiere Series.
2013: Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk score 36 seconds apart in the first period for Detroit in its first game in the Eastern Conference since the NHL’s realignment in 1993-94. The goals power the Red Wings in their 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Happy Birthday to You
1907: Red Beattie
1922: Jimmy Peters
1948: Don Luce
1955: Jack Brownschidle
1957: Gordie Roberts
1960: Glenn Anderson
1968: Glen Wesley
1987: Phil Kessel