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 February 1st featuring Gary Bettman.
Today in Hockey History
Gary Bettman Takes Office
1993: Gary Bettman takes over the leadership role as the league’s first commissioner. He replaced Gil Stein, who served as the league’s final president. Bettman come over from the National Basketball Association, where he served the league’s general counsel and senior vice president.
The league has seen expansion and league revenues go up, but there’s also been issues. Bettman has been part of three labour stoppages, including the lost 2004-05 season.
Other Notable Events
1947: New York Rangers goalie Chuck Rayner tries to take matters into his own hand with his offence struggling. Rayner skates the puck all the way up the ice, but is unsuccessful in a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
1964: Montreal forward Bobby Rousseau scores five goals in a 9-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. It’s his first career hat trick and the only five-goal game between February 1955 and November 1968.
1977: The Canadiens Guy Lafleur starts a 28-game point streak with a goal and three assists in a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Barons. The streak lasts through the end of the 1976-77 season.
Happy Birthday to You
1959: Mark Hardy
1968: Mark Recchi
1971: Tommy Salo
1972: Geoff Sanderson
1985: Patrick O’Sullivan
1990: Tyler Myers
1991: Kyle Palmieri