November 28, 1925Playing in his 328th straight game, Canadiens goaltender Georges Vezina collapsed during a game against Pittsburgh. Prior to that game, he had lost 35 pounds in a span of six weeks and had a temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit that game, but played in net anyways. He pitched a shutout in the first, but began vomiting blood during intermission and collapsed in the crease before the second started. It was the only period he played all season. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and he died four months later. His strong play and dedication to the game was honored with a trophy donated in his name, the Vezina Trophy: It was first awarded to the goaltender with the best goals against average, but was changed in 1946 to the goaltender who played the most games for the team that allowed the fewest goals, then changed in 1964 to the goaltending tandem that allowed the fewest goals, and finally changed in 1981 to the criteria we know today, which is the most “outstanding” goaltender. I guess it got less depressing as we went along (also like news).
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November 23, 1929 – Boston defenseman Eddie Shore set an NHL record by…recording five fighting majors. That’s good for 25 minutes, nearly half the game, which the Bruins won 4-3 over the Maroons. Apparently that was legal back then, but current NHL rules state that a player who engages in three fights in one game is automatically ejected. I’m sure they’d want to leave anyway with all the bruises and cuts they’d suffer, so I’m not sure how Shore managed to endure five fights. A few months later, he was actually challenged to a boxing match by baseball player Art Shires. Who knew that a baseball player in the 30s wanted to play hockey?
Led by right winger Mark Napier (top right) with 96 points (60 A, 36 A).
The first round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 1977, Napier was the reigning WHA Rookie of the year, having won the Lou Kaplan trophy for the 1975-76 season with the Toronto Toros. He would be part of 2 Stanley Cup champions, 1979 Montreal Canadiens and the 1985 Edmonton Oilers.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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Steven Stamkos, the NHL leading goal scorer so far in the 2013-14 season, will be out for possibly the season with a broken leg.
Here is the video of the injury suffered today in Boston
Monday, November 4, 2013
Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe meets the 11 year old phenom Wayne Gretzky
They meet again after Wayne breaks Gordie's career points record on October 15th 1989
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Joe Nieuwendyk holds the Conn Smythe Trophy as the 1999 Stanley Cup Playoff MVP.
Joe had 11 goals and 10 assist for the Dallas Stars in the 1999 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 6 of those goals were game winners and he helped lead the Stars to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
He retired from the NHL in 2006 with career totals of 564 goals, 562 assist (1126 points) and 677 penalty minutes. His career included 9 seasons and one Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989. He played 7 seasons in Dallas, 2 with New Jersey, one with Toronto and 1 full season with the Florida Panthers before retiring with back problems. His career also included a Gold medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics for Canada.