Normally we’d be closing in on 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 March 3rd, featuring Gordie Howe.
Today in Hockey History
Gordie Howe Night Held in Detroit
1959: The Red Wings honour Mr. Hockey in a special ceremony before the game. Howe is given a white station wagon with the license plate GH-9000. The best part is that Howe’s parents, Ab and Katherine Howe, appear out of the gift-wrapped car.
It’s the first time Howe’s parents have seen him play in his 13-year NHL career and Howe gets emotional. However, the Boston Bruins would spoil the night, as they rally for a 2-2 tie with the hosts.
Other Notable Events
1875: The first indoor hockey game occurs at Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal. Hockey had no set dimensions and was played outdoors before that. A wooden puck is introduced as well to replace a ball that could hurt players and fans.
1968: Canadiens great Jean Beliveau becomes the second player to get 1,000 career points. He scores a goal, but the Habs lose 5-2 to the Red Wings to join Howe in the 1000 point club.
2004: Dallas Stars defenceman Teppo Numminen becomes the NHL’s all-time leader in games played by a blueliner born in Europe. The Finn plays in his 1,149th game in a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Happy Birthday to You
1949: Joey Johnston
1958: Al Secord
1963: Kelly Miller
1964: Bob Kudelski
1968: Brian Leetch
1977: Stephane Robidas
1984: Alexander Semin