He led the NY Rangers to the Stanley Cup win in 1940 after leading the NHL in most games played, most shutouts, most playoff games by a goalie, most playoff minutes by a goalie, most playoff wins, most playoff shutouts and lowest playoff goals against average. He held the record for most playoff shutouts in a single playoff season (4) until tied by Mike Richter. As shown above, he was the first hockey player to appear on the cover of Time magazine (March 14th 1938). In 1940 he won the Vezina trophy with a 1.54 GAA, 8 shutouts and a 19 game unbeaten streak. He finished the season with 27 wins and 11 losses and 10 ties with 8 shutouts. This was to be his next to last season, he retired after the 1940-41 season. He was an ironman, missing only one game between 1934 and 1941 and started every game for 5 straight seasons (1936-1941).
Eastern Conference - Atlantic Division: Tampa Bay Lightning (16-6-2) Detroit Red Wings (14-5-5) Boston Bruins (14-9-1) Toronto Maple Leafs (12-8-3) Florida Panthers (9-6-6) Ottawa Senators (10-9-4) Buffalo Sabres (8-14-2) Metropolitan Division: Pittsburgh Penguins (16-5-2) New York Islanders (17-7-0) New York Rangers (11-8-4) Washington Capitals (10-9-4) New Jersey Devils (9-11-4) Philadelphia Flyers (8-12-3) Carolina Hurricanes (7-13-3) Columbus Blue Jackets (6-15-2) Western Conference - Central Division: Nashville Predators (16-5-2) St. Louis Blues (16-6-2) Chicago Blackhawks (12-9-4) Winnipeg Jets (12-9-4) Minnesota Wild (13-9-1) Dallas Stars (9-10-5) Colorado Avalanche (9-10-5) Pacific Division: Vancouver Canucks (16-7-1) Anaheim Ducks (14-6-5) Calgary Flames (15-8-2) Los Angeles Kings (12-7-5 San Jose Sharks (11-10-4) Arizona Coyotes (9-12-3) Edmonton Oilers (6-14-4)
Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Pierre Pilote hold their NHL Awards for the 1964-65 season.
Mikita took home his 2nd Art Ross trophy as the league's leading scorer (87 points) while Bobby Hull hods the Hart Trophy as NHL regular season MVP and the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player. BlackHawks Captain Pierre Pilote holds his 3rd consecutive (and last) James Norris trophy as the NHL's top defenseman.
1969 - Boston Bruins Tony Esposito (left) wins the first of his 2 Hart trophies as NHL MVP and his 1st of 5 Art Ross trophies as the NHL top point getter in the regular season. Bobby Orr (right) wins the 2nd of his 8 consecutive Norris trophies as the NHL's top defenseman.
Eddie Westfall scores the New York Islanders first goal in their first game, a 3-2 loss to the expansion cousins the Atlanta Flames.
Westfall was also the first Islanders captain, and was the captain for the first 4 seasons of the Islanders existence. He also led the team in assist (31) in the 1972-73 expansion season.
October 7th 1992
Chris Kontos scored four goals in the Tampa Bay Lightning's first game, a 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. It was also the first power play goal for the Tampa Bay and Kontos became the first Lightning play to record a hat-trick and four goal game.
Alex Delvecchio and Tim Horton (yes that Tim Horton) were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Tim Horton spent 24 seasons in the NHL (18 of them with the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2 as a Ranger, 2 with the Buffalo Sabres and 1 with the Penguins) as a punishing defenseman. He won 4 Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs in 1962,1963,1964 and 1967. He would start the Tim Horton's Doughnuts in 1964 but tragically died at the age of 44 in a car accident on his way back to Buffalo after a game in Toronto.
Alex Delvecchio played 24 seasons also but all of them with the Detroit Red Wings and won 3 Stanley Cups in 1952, 1954 and 1955. He won 3 Lady Byng trophies as the NHL's Most Gentlemanly Player in 1959,1966 and 1969. He will be most remembered for his playing days as a member of the feared "Production Line" with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay. He also coached the RedWings for 4 seasons (1973-1977) before resigning his position.
The Buffalo Sabres aquired goaltender Dominik Hasek from the Chicago Blackhawks. He would go on to win back to back Hart Trophies as NHL MVP in 1997 and 1998 along with 6 Vezina Trophies as the top NHL goaltender
Jacque Demers is to date the first and only coach to win back to back Jack Adams Trophies as NHL Coach of the Year. He won the 1987 and 1988 Awards as head coach of the Detroit Redwings. In these 2 seasons he guided the Red Wings to consecutive Campbell Conference Finals appearances but lost both to eventual Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers.
The 1933 Stanley Cup Final saw the Toronto Maple Leafs meet the New York Rangers in a rematch of the 1932 Finals which the Leafs swept the Rangers 3 games 0. In 1933 the Rangers won their 2nd Stanley Cup with a 3 games to 1 series win. Bill Cook of the Rangers became the first player to score a Cup-winning goal in overtime. This won game 4 1-0. Here is a film made of game 4, now some of this does look staged but its a great peek at NHL hockey in 1933 and the Stanley Cup finals