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 13, featuring the first NHL All-Star Game.
Today in Hockey History
NHL All-Star Game Played for the First Time
1947: The first All-Star Game is played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. It’s a different format than the current All-Star Games that are played. The Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs take on a team of All-Stars from the other five teams.
Doug Bentley helps the league All-Stars rally for a 4-3 win over the Leafs. The game benefits the player’s pension fund, but changes format in 1968 to East vs. West.
Other Notable Events
1973: Gump Worsley finally dons a mask in an NHL game. He was the last goalie to not wear a mask, but does so in the Minnesota North Stars 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. “Gumper” makes 30 saves for Minnesota.
1992: The league experiments with playing two neutral site games per season. The Calgary Flames beat Minnesota, 4-3, in front of a crowd of 8,783 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Neutral site games are played for the next two seasons.
2015: Montreal beats the Pittsburgh Penguins to go 4-0-0 for the first time since 1977. Tomas Fleischmann scored 5:20 into the third period to give the Habs a 3-2 victory. Pittsburgh drops to 0-3-0 for their worst start since the 2005-06 season.
2017: Alex Ovechkin is the fourth player since 1967 to get nine goals in the first five games of the season. Ovechkin scores a power-play goal at 8:01 of the second period, as the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils, 5-2.
Happy Birthday to You
1954: Bill Lochead
1956: Rod Schutt
1965: Paul Cavallini
1971: Sean O’Donnell
1980: Marc-Andre Bergeron
1985: Andrej Meszaros
1990: Jakob Silfverberg
1998: Lias Andersson