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 9th, featuring Theo Fleury.
Today in Hockey History
Theo Fleury Gets Three Shorthanded Goals
1991: The Calgary Flames forward sets an NHL record for the most shorthanded goals in a single game. Fleury gets all those man-down goals in an 8-4 road win over the St. Louis Blues. Fleury scores his first at 5:52 of the first period with Al MacInnis in the penalty box and then gets his second 24 seconds into the third period.
He completes his shorthanded hat trick at 17:35 with an unassisted goal. Fleury ends his NHL career with 455 goals and 1,088 points.
Other Notable Events
1975: Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr sets a record for most goals by a defender with his 38th of the season in a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Flames. Orr finishes with 46 goals en route to breaking his own mark and gets three assists to reach 600 career helpers.
1999: New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur becomes the first goalie to win 30 games in four straight seasons. Brodeur makes 21 saves in a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He goes on to win at least 30 games in each of his next eight seasons as well.
2006: Nicklas Lidstrom passes Borje Salming to become the highest-scoring Swedish defenceman in NHL history. The Detroit defender gets a goal and three assists to get to 789 points in a 7-3 win over the Kings.
2015: Evgeny Romasko is the first referee born in Russia to officiate an NHL game and oversees Detroit’s 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Happy Birthday to You
1937: Harry Neale
1958: Paul MacLean
1959: Perry Turnbull
1964: Phil Housley
1977: Radek Dvorak
1978: Chris Phillips
1985: Brent Burns
1992: Ryan Dzingel
1994: Morgan Rielly