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 15th, featuring Eric Staal.
Today in Hockey History
Eric Staal Nets 1,000th Point
2019: The Minnesota Wild forward gets his 1,000th career point in a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Staal gets a power-play goal 12:37 into the first period to reach the milestone. He’s the 89th player to reach that many points, but the first to do so with the Wild.
Other Notable Events
1925: The NHL makes its debut in New York City as the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Americans, 3-1. It marks the first ice hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The game is a big success as 17,000 attend the game and it would lead to a second New York team added the next season in the New York Rangers.
1929: The Blackhawks christen Chicago Stadium with a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. A total of 14,212 fans take in the game, which brought in 6,000 more fans than at their old home.
2015: Patrick Kane of Chicago sees his 26-game point streak end in a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. It was the longest point streak since Mats Sundin of the Quebec Nordiques got points in 30 straight games in the 1992-93 season.
Happy Birthday to You
1915: Art Jackson
1991: Yanni Gourde