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 29th featuring Martin Brodeur.
Today in Hockey History
Martin Brodeur Calls It a Career
2015: The longtime New Jersey Devils goalie calls it a career at the age of 42. He has totals, including a record of 691-397-49 with 105 ties, a 2.24 goals-against average, .912 save percentage. The Montreal native also has a league record 125 shutouts in 1,266 games.
He plays his last seven games with the St. Louis Blues. The Hall of Fame goalie leads the Devils to Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000 and 2003 and holds many playoff records.
Other Notable Events
1953; Montreal Canadiens forward Maurice Richard becomes the first player to get at least 20 goals in his first 10 seasons. He gets the mark with the first of his two goals in a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers.
1977: The Buffalo Sabres manage to salvage a 3-3 tie with the Canadiens despite only dressing 14 players. A snowstorm keeps many Buffalo players trapped in Western New York.
1985: New York Islanders centre Bryan Trottier becomes the 19th player to reach 1,000 career points. He scores twice to help the Islanders gets a 4-4 tie with the Minnesota North Stars with a shorthanded tally.
1994: The Tampa Bay Lightning lost to the San Jose Sharks 2-1 before the second-largest crowd in NHL history at 26,652 fans in St. Petersburg, Fla.
1998: Los Angeles Kings left wing Luc Robitaille reaches 1,000 NHL points when he has two assists. The winger becomes the sixth at his position to go to the milestone in a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames.
2004: Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman passes Mario Lemieux into sixth place on the all-time point list. He gets his 1,702nd point with a third-period assist in the Detroit Red Wings’ 5-2 victory against the Devils.
2015: Arizona Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scores the fastest shorthanded goal to start a period. Ekman-Larsson scores five seconds into the third period in a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
2017: Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds is named All-Star Game MVP after the Metropolitan Division wins the tournament. The Metro beats the Pacific Division, 4-3, in the final.
Happy Birthday to You
1906: Joe Primeau
1943: Pat Quinn
1965: Dominik Hasek
1967: Sean Burke
1986: Thomas Greiss
1989: Kevin Shattenkirk