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 12, featuring Auston Matthews.
Today in Hockey History
Auston Matthews Scores Four in Debut
2016: Matthews is the first player in the modern era to score four goals in first NHL game. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native nets all four goals in the Toronto Maple Leafs season-opener against the Ottawa Senators. He scores his fourth of the game with three seconds left in the second period.
However, the Senators would have the last laugh after Kyle Turris scores in the 3-on-3 overtime. Turris’ goal 37 seconds into the extra frame gave Ottawa a 5-4 victory
Other Notable Events
1972: Germain Gagnon scores with 1:09 remaining in regulation as the New York Islanders earn their first-ever win. Top pick of the 1972 NHL Draft Billy Harris scores twice in the 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
1980: Toronto’s Wilf Paiement scores an empty-net goal for the league’s 100,000th goal in history. The Leafs beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2. Paiement goes on to have a career season of 40 goals and 97 points for the former second overall choice in the 1974 NHL Draft.
2006: Ryan Smyth breaks one of Wayne Gretzky‘s Edmonton Oilers records in a 6-4 win over the San Jose Sharks. Smyth scores three goals in a 2:01 span, which was 17 seconds faster than Gretzky. It’s also Smyth’s fifth career hat trick.
Happy Birthday to You
1930: Denis Brodeur
1940: Larry Jeffrey
1959: Eddy Beers
1963: Randy Wood
1969: Dwayne Roloson
1975: Randy Robitaille
1986: Adam McQuaid
1994: Sean Monahan