Hockey is finally back! Normally we’d be 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 15th, featuring Tony Esposito.
Today in Hockey History
Tony Esposito Gets Final Win, Shutout
1984: The Chicago Blackhawks‘ goalie makes 35 saves to get his final win and shutout with a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s his first shutout since March 27, 1983 for his 76th of his career. Esposito gets his 423rd win, which is the most in franchise history.
He gets 418 of the victories and 74 of the shutouts with the Blackhawks, who selected him from the Montreal Canadiens in the 1969 intra-league draft.
Other Notable Events
1970: Boston Bruins‘ defenceman Bobby Orr gets two assists in a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings to get 51 for the season. Orr sets the record for most assists for a blueliner that was held by Pat Stapleton.
2019: The Rangers extend their home winning streak against the Carolina Hurricanes to 16 games with a 6-2 victory at Madison Square Garden.
Happy Birthday to You
1958: Willie Huber
1969: Adam Burt
1976: Alexander Korolyuk
1996: Mason Appleton
1999: Martin Necas