Normally we’d be in the midst of starting up another hockey season now, 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 November 27th, featuring Gordie Howe.
Today in Hockey History
Nov. 27: A Banner Day for Gordie Howe
1965: Mr. Hockey becomes the first player to net 600 goals in a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
1969: The Floral, Saskatchewan native gets a hat trick to become the first player to 1,700 points in a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Howe does this feat in 1,567 regular season games.
Other Notable Events
1941: The Boston Bruins score a record four overtime-goals in a 6-2 win over the Brooklyn Americans. NHL overtime games were decided by a full 10-minute OT session prior to November 1942. Overtime play resumes in 1983, but it is a five-minute, sudden-death format.
1974: Montreal begins a 23-game road unbeaten streak with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
1991: Pittsburgh holds a 10-minute candlelight vigil for the late Bob Johnson before a game with the New Jersey Devils. The Pens coach passed away one day prior to the game, but Pittsburgh rolls to an 8-4 win. Scotty Bowman gets his 750th win behind the bench.
2007: Mats Sundin is the first player to net his 400th goal while a member of the Maple Leafs. His milestone goal comes with 17.6 seconds left in regulation, but Toronto falls to Montreal, 4-3, in a shootout.
2015: Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett gets his 500th coaching win in a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. Oliver Ekman-Larsson gets the OT winner to help Tippett become the 22nd coach to get 500 coaching victories.
2017: Roberto Luongo becomes the second goalie in NHL history to win 200 games with two team as the Florida Panthers top New Jersey, 3-2. Patrick Roy was other goalie to achieve the same feat. Luongo got 262 wins as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
Happy Birthday to You
1932: Ken Schinkel
1955: Pierre Mondou
1958: Chris Kotsopoulos
1967: Garry Valk
1976: Chad Kilger
1999: Filip Zadina