Today in Hockey History: Dallas Stars Brett Hull Eclipses Dad

Brett Hull

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 9, featuring Brett Hull.

Today in Hockey History

Brett Hull Passes Dad in Goals

2000: The Dallas Stars forward scores his 611th career goal in a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hull’s goal puts him past his father, Bobby Hull, on the all-time list. The younger Hull ends up with 39 goals this season as the Stars get swept in round two by the St. Louis Blues.

Brett finishes with 741 career goals before he retires into the 2005-06 season. He reaches the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

Other Notable Events

1952: Hall of Fame announcer Danny Gallivan calls his first NHL game on the radio. He calls a 3-2 Chicago Black Hawks win over the Montreal Canadiens in his first of over 2,000 games before retiring in 1984.

1970: The Vancouver Canucks loss their first game in team history, 3-1, to the Los Angeles Kings. Defenceman Barry Wilkins scores the first goal in team history early in the third period.

1978: The Kings acquire goalie Ron Grahame from the Boston Bruins that gives the B’s a first-round pick. That selection ends up being Hall of Fame defenceman Ray Bourque. He becomes the second blueliner to get 1,100 with an assist exactly 15 years later.

1980: Mark Howe of the Hartford Whalers is the first defeneman to score two shorthanded goals in the same game. Hartford still loses, 8-6, to St. Louis.

1982: Wayne Gretzky gets a pair of goals in the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 victory over the Canucks. It’s 200 goals in 242 games, which is the fastest in league history.

1993: Gretzky gets two goals and four assists in a 10-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Tomas Sandstrom gets a team-record six assists, also.

1997: The New York Rangers are the first team to start a season with four straight ties. Pat LaFontaine helps the Rangers salvage a 1-1 draw with the Calgary Flames.

2002: The Kings retire Gretzky’s No. 99 sweater before the season-opener with the Phoenix Coyotes. Los Angeles also unveils a bronze statue of The Great One in front of the Staples Center.

2014: Corey Perry gets a hat trick a 6-4 loss by the Anaheim Ducks to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Perry is the third player to get three goals in the opener and still lose.

Happy Birthday to You

1896: Bill Cook

1926: Al Rollins

1947: Wayne Thomas

1972: Rem Murray

1980: Henrik Zetterberg

1983: Trevor Daley