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 25th, featuring Brett Hull.
Today in Hockey History
Brett Hull Gets Two Hat Tricks in a Row
1990: The St. Louis Blues forward gets the first back-to-back hat tricks in franchise history. Hull gets three goals in an 8-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens. He finishes the 1990-91 season with a career-high 86 goals on his way to 131 points.
Hull would win the Hart and Ted Lindsay trophies that season. It would be the only league MVP award that Hull would get. He finishes with 741 goals before he retires in 2005-06.
Other Notable Events
1969: Tony Esposito scores a win in his first in a 5-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Chicago Black Hawks goalie makes 30 saves in his first game since being claimed in the Intraleague Draft. This is the first of his rookie-record 15 shutouts for the season.
1984: Montreal’s Guy Lafleur scores his 518th and final goal as a member of the Habs. Lafleur gets the tying goal as Montreal would eventually win 3-2 against the Buffalo Sabres. He’d retire a month later and get elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame three years later. However, he’d come out of retirement to play for the New York Rangers in 1988-89.
1991: Vincent Riendeau and Tim Cheveldae get the first combined shutout in Detroit Red Wings team history. The duo stops 13 shots in a 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs. Riendeau leaves with an injury at 7:09 of the second period after making eight saves, but gets credit for the victory. Cheveldae makes five saves in the final 32:51.
2000: Colorado Avalanche defenceman Ray Bourque becomes the highest-scoring defenceman in league history. Bourque gets two assists to pass Paul Coffey on the Avalanche’s 2-1 overtime-victory over the Nashville Predators.
2008: Sergei Fedorov becomes the highest-scoring Russian player in league history after getting a pair of goals for the Washington Capitals. He passes Alexander Mogilny with goals 474 and 475 in a 6-5 OT win over the Dallas Stars.
Happy Birthday to You
1888: Jan Palouš
1934: Earl Ingarfield
1948: Rey Comeau
1949: Rejean Houle
1954: Mike Eruzione
1955: Terry Martin
1956: Don Murdoch
1966: Wendel Clark
1967: Kelly Chase
1969: Josef Beranek