Monday, March 15, 2010

Today in Hockey History

Today in 1997 Joe Mullen becomes the first American born NHL player to score 500 goals and also in 1997 Dave Andreychuk becomes the 26th player in NHL history to score 500 goals. A day after Pittsburgh's Joe Mullen joined the ranks, the New Jersey Devil followed him into the record book. After Rick Tocchet of the visiting Washington Capitals took a tripping penalty, the home team was looking to build on their 1-0 lead midway through the first period.
Twenty-one seconds into the power play, Andreychuk took a feed from Bill Guerin and put it in the back of the net for the milestone marker. It turned out to be his only shot on goal in the entire game, and it was only fitting that it came with the man advantage, as the Hamilton native would retire as the all-time leader in power play goals with 274.
Andreychuk was already skating in the 1,070th contest of his career, but would go on to play 569 more games and score 140 more times. In those 23 years, he would have seven 30-plus-goal seasons, including a career campaign with the 1993-94 Leafs in which he scored 53 goals and finished just one point shy of the century mark.
Joe Mullen was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000

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