We’re normally starting up 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 14, featuring Wayne Gretzky.
Today in Hockey History
Wayne Gretzky Gets First NHL Goal
1979: The young Edmonton Oilers centre gets his first NHL goal in a 4-4 tie with the Vancouver Canucks. Gretzky ties the game with a goal past Canucks goalie Glen Hanlon. The goal comes with 1:09 left in regulation as part of a two-point night.
Other Notable Events
1972: The Atlanta Flames and Buffalo Sabres play to a 1-1 tie in the first game played in the Southern United States. Ernie Hicke gets a first-period, power-play goal and Phil Myre stops 30 shots for Atlanta.
1979: The Flyers being the longest unbeaten run in league history with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Philadelphia has 25 wins and 10 ties to go 35 game without a loss.
1991: Mike Garter scores his 500th career goal in the New York Rangers 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. Gartner is the 16th player to get 500 goals, but the first to do so while with the Blueshirts.
2002: Mats Sudin is the first Swedish-born NHL goalie to score 400 career goals. Sundin gets a goal and an assist in a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mario Lemieux gets the game-winner to cap a four-point night.
2017: Two longtime coaches reach milestones on this night. Ken Hitchcock gets his 783rd victory to pass Al Arbour in the Dallas Stars 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Mike Babcock becomes the 16th coach in League history to have 600 wins as Toronto wins 4-3 over the Montreal Canadiens.
Happy Birthday to You
1949: Dave Schultz
1959: Alexei Kasatonov
1961: Perry Anderson
1967: Sylvain Lefebvre
1992: Scott Mayfield
1999: Quinn Hughes