Today in Hockey History: Calgary Flames Phil Housley Becomes Top American Scorer

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We’ve finally made it a whole year in hockey history. We at the Last Word on Hockey have given you an entire year’s worth of history by looking at each date’s historical significance to the game. Don’t worry because we’ll still check in every now and again to fill in anything we’ve missed. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for March 13th, featuring Phil Housley.

Today in Hockey History

Phil Housley Gets Top U.S. Scorer Mark

1999: The Calgary Flames defenceman hands out three assists in a 5-4 overtime win over the Washington Capitals. Housley passes Joe Mullen to get to 1,066 career points, which is three better than Mullen’s career total.

The Saint Paul,Minn. native finishes his career with 1,232 points and enters the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015. Mike Modano would break Housley’s record by an American in Nov. 2007.

On the same night, Ray Bourque passes John Bucyk as the Boston Bruins’ all-time leader in games played in a 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Other Notable Events

1938: Detroit Red Wings forward Carl Liscombe scores the fastest hat trick in league history in a 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Liscombe scores three goals in 1:52 and holds the record until Chicago’s Bill Mosienko scores three times in 21 seconds in 1952, still an NHL record.

1954: Camille Henry of the New York Rangers scores a record four power-play goals in one game in a 5-2 win over Detroit.

1966: Blackhawks goalie Glenn Hall is the second goalie to have six 30-win seasons. He makes 29 saves in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1971: Bucyk becomes the fifth player to 100 points in a season to join teammates Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito in reaching the mark. He gets to the century mark with a goal in a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

1976: Chicago coach Billy Reay becomes the winningest bench boss with onw team after getting 501 victories. He gets to the mark in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota North Stars.

1984: Edmonton Oilers star Wayne Gretzky gets his 900th point in just 385 games. He has a goal and an assist in a 6-5 win over the Quebec Nordiques.

2001: Philadelphia Flyers Mark Recchi becomes the 60th player to reach 1,000 career points. Recchi scores in the first period of a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

2003: Ron Francis of the Carolina Hurricanes joins Gordie Howe as the only players in NHL history to have at least 50 points in 22 consecutive seasons.

2019: Oilers captain Connor McDavid has three assists in a 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils get his third straight 100-point season.

Happy Birthday to You

1953: Blaine Stoughton

1961: Barry Pederson

1962: Petri Skriko

1975: Landon Wilson

1996: Brayden Point

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