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 17th, featuring both Steve Yzerman and Joe Nieuwendyk.
Today in Hockey History
Steve Yzerman, Joe Nieuwendyk Each Net Goal 500
A pair of Hall of Famers reach the 500-goal mark on this date in hockey history. Both were key players throughout the 80s and 90s.
Other Notable Events
1959: Howe is pressed into service as a defenceman due to injuries on the Red Wings. Detroit boss Sid Abel moves Howe from right wing in a 2-1 loss to Toronto.
2018: The NHL and Bruins honor hockey pioneer Willie O’Ree to mark the 60th anniversary of his League debut. O’Ree became the first black hockey player to play in the NHL in 1958.
2019: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes 43 saves to tie Terry Sawchuk on the all-time wins list. Lundqvist gets his 445th victory in a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden.
Happy Birthday to You
1911: Busher Jackson
1914: Pep Kelly
1929: Jacques Plante
1965: Sylvain Turgeon
1970: Jeremy Roenick
1971: Derek Plante
1973: Aaron Ward
1986: Viktor Stalberg