Hockey is back! Normally we’d be closing in on the NHL trade deadline for the final push of the 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 12th featuring Bill Cowley.
Today in Hockey History
Bill Cowley Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer
1947: The Boston Bruins centre gets a goal to become the league’s all-time leading scorer in a 10-1 rout of the New York Rangers. Cowley notches his 529th career point to pass the recently retired Syd Howe for first place.
The Bristol, Quebec native retires at the end of the season with 548 career points. He enters the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1968 and was the only player elected in the class that year.
Other Notable Events
1935: Boston defenceman Eddie Shore gets a goal and three assists in a 6-5 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Shore gets two of those assists in 12 seconds in the non sudden-death overtime period.
1985: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Mario Lemieux is the first rookie to win the All-Star Game MVP award. Lemieux scores twice as the Wales Conference beats the Campbell Conference 6-4 in Calgary. Ray Bourque hands out four assists and sets up each of Lemieux’s goals. Brock Boeser becomes the next rookie to win All-Star Game MVP in 2018.
2003: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim get an NHL record with their 10th consecutive one-goal victory. Mike Leclerc scores 10 seconds into OT for a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames to break the Ottawa Senators record in 1926-27.
Happy Birthday to You
1948: Mike Robitaille
1955: Russ Anderson
1958: Bobby Smith
1964: Michel Petit
1972: Owen Nolan
1976: Curtis Brown
1981: Oleg Saprykin
1982: Jonas Hiller
1987: Meghan Agosta-Marciano
1993: Stefan Noesen
1994: Alex Galchenyuk