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 10th, featuring Johnny Bower.
Today in Hockey History
Johnny Bower Plays Final Game
1969: The Toronto Maple Leafs goalie plays his final game of the his career at 45 years old. It’s the only start of the 1969-70 for Bower in a 6-3 loss to the rival Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum.
He finishes with an NHL record of 250-192 with 90 ties. This includes a 219-157-71 mark with the Maple Leafs and he enters the Hall of Fame in 1975. Bower was successful as a top goalie in the league despite having poor eyesight.
Other Notable Events
1931: Montreal goalie George Hainsworth passes Alec Connell as the league’s all-time shutout leaders. Hainsworth gets his 64th shutout in a 3-0 win over the New York Americans on his way to 94 for his career. Pit Lepine scores all three Canadiens’ goals for his fourth NHL hat trick.
1986: Edmonton Oilers great Wayne Gretzky gets his 40th career hat trick in a 7-4 win at the Winnipeg Jets. Gretzky gets 1,900 points exactly three years later in the Los Angeles Kings 8-4 win over the Quebec Nordiques.
Happy Birthday to You
1918: Anatoli Tarasov
1963: Chris Kontos
1969: Rob Blake
1981: Rene Bourque