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 20th, featuring Henri Richard.
Today in Hockey History
Henri Richard Nets 1,000th Point
1973: Montreal Canadiens centre gets his 1,000th point in a 2-2 tie with the Buffalo Sabres at the Memorial Auditorium. Richard reaches the milestone on a second-period goal by Jim Roberts. The “Pocket Rocket” gets 55 points with the Canadiens in the 1973-74 campaign.
The younger brother of Maurice Richard retires with 1,046 points on 358 goals and 688 assists. He finishes his career with 11 Stanley Cups before retiring in the 1974-75 season. Richard passed away at the age of 84 in March 6, 2020.
Other Notable Events
1964: Chicago Blackhawks forward Bobby Hull scores to get his 28th goal in 28 games in a 3-2 victory over Boston. Hull goes on to score 32 goals in Chicago’s first 35 games of the 1964-65 season, but injuries limit him to 39 goals in 61 games.
1981: Doug Smail of the Winnipeg Jets scores the fastest goal to start a game just five seconds into a contest. Smail scores just five seconds into the game against the St. Louis Blues in a 5-4 Winnipeg win.
Happy Birthday to You
1909: Charlie Conacher
1949: Mike Christie
1950: Bill Clement
1970: Travis Green
1973: Cory Stillman
1978: Andrei Markov
1986: Derek Dorsett
1989: Chris Tanev
1994: William Carrier