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 20th, featuring Martin Brodeur.
Today in Hockey History
Martin Brodeur Earns First Shutout
It’s the first of three shutouts in the 1993-94 season. Brodeur would get 125 shutouts in his career and all but one of them were with the Devils. The last one was with the St. Louis Blues. He enters the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.
Other Notable Events
1965: Gordie Howe gets two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win for the All-Stars over the Montreal Canadiens. It’s the final pre-season All-Star Game between the Stanley Cup champs and the best of the rest. The showcase is shifted to the middle of the season and the format is changed after expansion in 1967-68.
1978: Wayne Gretzky of the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association scores his first two professional goals. The 17-year-old centre gets the goals against his future team, the Edmonton Oilers. Indianapolis wins 4-3, but Gretzky only plays six more games before being traded to Edmonton. Wayne scores two goals in a 4-3 Los Angeles Kings win over the Tampa Bay Lightning 15 years later. It’s the first time Wayne plays his against his younger brother, Brent Gretzky.
2001: Scotty Bowman gets 1,200th career victory in the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 win over the Kings.
Happy Birthday to You
1946: Garry Monahan
1956: Guy Chouinard
1965: Mikhail Shtalenkov
1989: Colin Wilson
1999: Evan Bouchard