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 12th, featuring Maurice Richard.
Today in Hockey History
Maurice Richard Sets Point Mark
1953: The Montreal Canadiens forward passes injured teammate Elmer Lach on the all-time points list. Richard gets a goal and two assists in a 7-2 rout of the New York Rangers. The Rocket’s 611 points at that point was one more than Lach.
Richard finished with 544 career goals at the end of his 18-year career. The hometown product played his entire career with the Habs. He enters the Hockey Hall of Fame is 1961 after the three-year waiting period is waived.
Other Notable Events
1942: The Boston Bruins defeat the rival Canadiens, 3-2, in the first ever afternoon game. All proceeds for that game go to the American Red Cross.
1981: Los Angeles Kings defenceman Ian Turnbull scores four goals in a 7-5 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. However, he had a five-goal night almost five years earlier with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1986: Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux ties the team’s single-game point total with six. Lemieux scores four goals and assists on two others in an 8-3 win over Toronto.
2009: Ottawa Senators forward Alex Kovalev breaks a 16-game goal drought to score his 400th career goal. The Russian becomes the 82nd player to reach the mark in Ottawa’s 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
2010: Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks gets his first career hat trick in a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Perry scores 5-on-5, power play and shorthanded goals.
2017: Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is the sixth goalie to win 20 games within 25 appearances to start a season. The Lightning win, 3-0, over the St. Louis Blues thanks to his 32 saves.
Happy Birthday to You
1913: Clint Smith
1925: Ted Kennedy
1937: John McKenzie
1966: Jim Sandlak
1977: Colin White
1985: Andrew Ladd
1992: Austin Czarnik
1995: Kevin Labanc