It’s a big day for the pioneers and early stars of the National Hockey League. January 14 in Boston with a legend and a pair of all-time great goalkeepers. It’s also a great date behind the Windy City bench. So, let’s start our daily journey through time and look back on all the fondest memories of the day.
Early NHL Milestones
Brothers Sprague and Odie Cleghorn made history on January 14, 1922, as they played a great game in the Montreal Canadiens’ 10-6 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Both Cleghorns scored four goals, becoming the first brothers in the league to do so in the same game.
Hap Day scored his first career hat-trick on January 14, 1928, when the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New York Rangers 6-1. It was the first hat-trick by a Toronto player since he became the Maple Leafs at the start of the 1926-27 season.
Alex Cornell recorded his 66th career suspension on January 14, 1932, leading the Detroit Falcons to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. That ties him with George Haynesworth for the most suspensions in NHL history. Five years later, Cornell recorded his 199th and final NHL victory when the Montreal Malones beat the Blackhawks 7-3.
On January 14, 1936, the Rangers and their backup boss made history with a 2-1 victory over the Malones. this is 200th Winning in franchise history makes the Rangers the fifth NHL team to reach this plateau. Lester Patrick was there from day one, becoming the first head coach in league history to win 200 games.
Alex Smart made his NHL debut on January 14, 1943, in the Canadiens’ 5-1 win over Chicago. He had a four-point night, three goals and one assist, becoming the first NHL player to score a hat-trick in Game 1.
Islander legends leave their mark
On this day, a pair of New York Islanders’ all-time greats joined their Hockey Hall of Fame.
First, on January 14, 1984, Mike Bossie take his 400th Career goals helped the Islanders beat rival Rangers 4-2. He needed just 506 games to reach that milestone, becoming the fastest player ever to join a 400-ball club. Wayne Gretzky broke the record after 364 days on January 13, 1985, and he didn’t even hold it for an entire year. 400th His 436 goalsth game.
Just years later, on January 14, 1988, Dennis Portwin scored in a power game as the Islanders beat Nordic Quebec 8-5. He became the first NHL guard to score 300 goals in his career. At the end of the season, he is the all-time leader of the league’s blue lines with 310 goals and 1,052 goals. Since then, he has dropped to fifth in both goals and points.
Blackhawks coach memory
On January 14, 1933, the Blackhawks named Tommy Gorman their new head coach, succeeding Emile Iverson. He’s already a 10th on the teamth Different head coaches in their short seven-year history. The team missed the 1933 playoffs, but he led Chicago to their first Stanley Cup championship in 1934. 10 days after winning the cup, he resigned over an ownership dispute. In 1935, he moved to the Maroons and led them to the Cup.
Eight years later, on January 14, 2016, Joel Quenneville behind the bench for the Blackhawks beat the Canadians 2-1. this is 783rd “Coach Q” won the regular season, putting him ahead of Al Arbor as the second-winning head coach in league history.
Esposito Fractional Beam
Phil Esposito scored three goals on January 14, 1971, as the Boston Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 9-5. It was his fifth hat-trick in the 1971-72 season, breaking the modern league record for the most in a single season. He finished the season with seven hat-tricks, a record that remained unchanged until Bossy scored nine in 1980-81.
Two years later, on January 14, 1973, Esposito scored four goals, including two underhanded, in a 6-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.He also added an assist to match 18th hat trick of his career. Goalkeeper Eddie Johnston made 20 saves in 26th Occupation closes.
Odds and Ends
Rookie goalie Johnny Ball recorded his first NHL suspension on January 14, 1953, when the Rangers won 2-0 against the Blackhawks. He retired in 1970 with 37 career suspensions, 32 of them with the Maple Leafs.
On January 14, 1962, Terry Sawchuk became the first goalie in Red Wings history to win 300 games in a 2-1 win over the visiting Rangers without the ball. He remains the franchise’s all-time leader with 350 wins.
On January 14, 1978, in an 8-4 road win over the Atlanta Flames, Butch Goring became the first Kings player to score 200 goals.
Paul Coffey Acquired four assists, including his 900th career assist on January 14, 1994, when the Red Wings defeated the Dallas Stars 9-3. He became the only sixth player in NHL history and the first defensive player to rack up 900 assists.
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Brett Hull’s first-quarter assist on January 14, 1996 gave him 800 career points as the St. Louis Blues drew 3-3 against the Rangers.
A year later, Ron Hextall became the second goalie in Flyers history to reach 200 in a 3-2 win over the Canadiens. Head coach Terry Murray scored his 100th victory in Philadelphia.
Jeremy Ronick scored his 700th NHL point in the Phoenix Coyotes’ 3-2 victory over the visiting Panthers on January 14, 1998.
Ron Francis scored two goals to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on January 14, 2001. Those two stats give him 1,592 career points, putting him fifth ahead of Esposito on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.
On the same night, Adam Graves The Rangers ended a nine-game winning streak (0-7-1-1) with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Minnesota Wilds, scoring his 300th career goal.
On January 14, 1998, in the Capitals’ 1-0 overtime win over the Bears, Adam Oates became the eighth player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career assists. Goalkeeper Olaf Kolziger suspended for second straight game and 24th his career.
Patrick Lalem was suspended for the third time in a row on January 14, 2002, and the Tampa Bay Chargers were eliminated 7-0. That gave him 25 blocks in his first 236 games, making him the fastest goalie to reach that milestone in NHL history.
Rookie Ryan Miller recorded his first career suspension that same night, leading the Sabres to a 1-0 victory at the Wild. Dennis Hamel scored his first point of the season with the winning goal in the third quarter.
On January 14, 2006, Jason Pominville, who remained in Buffalo, scored a natural hat-trick in the Sabres’ 10-1 victory over the Kings. Jochen Hecht also scored three goals, the Sabres’ first 10 since February 1993, the last time the Kings conceded double-digit goals in a game in the same month.
Two grizzled 41-year-olds, Martin Brodeur and Jaromir Jagr, played a major role in the New Jersey Devils’ 4-1 win over Montreal on January 14, 2014. Jagr scored 695th His career goal is to surpass Mark Messier for seventh in NHL history. Brodeur was named the game’s first star after making 29 saves. He was warmly welcomed by Montreal fans in his final game in Montreal. He is 20-9-1 in 30 career starts in his hometown.
On January 15, 2015, Wild acquired goalie Devan Dubnyk from the Coyotes for a third-round pick. Over the next six seasons, he won 177 games for Minnesota, the second-most in franchise history. Arizona State drafted forward Brendan Warren, who is currently playing for the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League, the highest level of professional hockey he has ever played.
Happy birthday to you
On this day, a total of 24 players who have played in at least one NHL game were born. The most successful of this group are Sergey Nemchinov (58), Bob Esensa (57), Nick Boyton (43), Peter Holland (31) , Conor Brown (28), John-Jason Peterka (20) and the late Hall celebrity baby Sibbert.
Greg Boysen has been writing about the Chicago Blackhawks since 2010 and has been the Field Manager for FanSided and SB Nation. He has been featured on Hockey News and has fully qualified for the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.His various roles at The Hockey Writers include covering the Blackhawks, the AHL, writing the daily “Today in Hockey History” column, serving as copy editor, appearing and hosting multiple YouTube shows, Including Blackhawks jokes. He has qualified for the Chicago Wolves, Rockford Hogs and Milwaukee Admirals, and is also an area scout for the NAHL. And, just because his plate isn’t full enough, Greg hosts trivia in the Chicago area two nights a week. For interview requests or topic suggestions, follow Greg Twitter and reach out.