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 December 3rd, featuring Phil Esposito.
Today in Hockey History
Bruins Retire Jersey of Phil Esposito
1987: The Boston Bruins retire the No. 7 sweater with a little help from Ray Bourque. Boston’s captain wore that number since he came into the league in 1978. However, the star defenceman takes off the jersey to reveal his brand new No. 77 sweater.
Other Notable Events
1949: Toronto Maple Leafs player George Armstrong plays in his first of 1,187 games for the club. He is the only player to skate for the Maple Leafs in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Armstrong finishes with 296 goals and was part of four Stanley Cup winners.
1984: The Islanders get their 500th regular season victory with a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks. It comes in the team’s 980th game, which is the second-fastest to the mark.
2017: The Vegas Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes, 3-2, to become the first expansion team to get 10 home wins in their first 12 games. Reilly Smith‘s goal at 3:51 of OT also gives the Golden Knights their fourth win in as many games against Arizona.
Happy Birthday to You
1952: Bob MacMillan
1970: Laura Schuler
1978: Tom Preissing
1995: Julius Honka