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 11th, featuring Joe Sakic.
Today in Hockey History
Joe Sakic Gets 500th Goal
2002: The Colorado Avalanche captain gets his milestone goal in a 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Sakic played a hand in franchise’s two Stanley Cup victories in 1996 and 2001. The Burnaby, British Columbua native also helped Team Canada win the gold medal in men’s hockey at the 2002 Olympics.
Sakic retires in 2009 with 625 goals with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. He is now the team’s general manager that has built one of the more promising squads in the league.
Other Notable Events
1971: Montreal Canadiens forward Guy Lafleur gets his first hat trick in a 4-3 win over the Minnesota North Stars. It’s the first of 17 regular season hat tricks and two in the post-season for his career.
1977: Tom Bladon of the Flyers sets the record for most points by a defenceman on four goals and four assists. He powers Philadelphia to an 11-1 rout of the Cleveland Barons.
1992: The NHL names Gary Bettman as the league’s first commissioner staring Feb. 1, 1993.
Happy Birthday to You
1935: Moose Vasko
1936: Ted Hampson
1941: J.P. Parise
1964: Dave Gagner
1972: Daniel Alfredsson
1977: Mark Streit
1997: Matthew Tkachuk