Hockey is finally back! Normally we’d be in the closing in on the mid-way point of the regular season, however, 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 January 13th, featuring Mark Messier.
Today in Hockey History
Mark Messier Hits Two Milestones
He finishes his career with 694 goals and 1,887 points in 1,756 games over his illustrious 25-year career.
Other Notable Events
1926: Babe Ruth drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff prior to the New York Americans game versus the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs get a 2-1 victory over the Americans at Madison Square Garden.
1971: Five days after being named general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Ned Harkness trades left wing Frank Mahovlich to the Canadiens for forwards Mickey Redmond, Bill Collins and Guy Charron.The Big M wins two Stanley Cups for Montreal.
2007: Kings goalie Yutaka Fukufuji becomes the first Japanese native to play in the NHL when he relieves Barry Brust. Fukufuji makes four saves inn a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Blues and starts his first game three nights later.
Happy Birthday to You
1886: Art Ross
1961: Kelly Hrudey
1973: Nikolai Khabibulin
1974: Sergei Brylin
1980: Michael Rupp
1985: Jeremy Colliton
1991: Kyle Clifford
1992: Austin Watson