Hockey History Today: January 7

January 7th has been a busy day for both Philadelphia and Los Angeles in the history of National Hockey League. There were many all-time greats that reached personal milestones or had huge performances. It is time to take a daily journey back through hockey’s years.

Historic Day in Philadelphia

Bernie Parent recorded his 54ThIt was his last career shutout, on Jan. 7, 1979 when the Philadelphia Flyers beat Los Angeles Kings 3-0. At the end of the season, he was retired with 271 wins and two Vezina Trophy victories. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy during back-to-back Stanley Cup champion seasons. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame by his team in 1984.

On Jan. 7, 1980, the Flyers’ The longest streak of unbeaten streaks by North American professional sports teams, a 35-game streak, came to an abrupt halt. After Bill Barber had given Philadelphia a lead of 1-0, the Minnesota North Stars scored seven more goals to win 9-2. Since their loss to the Atlanta Flames in game two, they went 25-0-10.

Reggie Leach was the fourth Flyer to score 300 goals against the New York Islanders two years later.

Rick Tocchet scored twice and had three assists to lead the Flyers’ 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 7, 1988. The Blues lost their first game at the Spectrum in a row, going 0-31-3 since January 6, 1972.

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Kevin Dineen scored three goals to bring him to 250 career goals. He led the Flyers to an 8-2 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals on Jan. 7, 1993. This was Dineen’s first hat trick as Flyer and sixth in his NHL career. On the losing side, Capitals’ forward Dale Hunter scored his 800th career NHL point with an assist.

Although one streak of undefeated finishes on this date in 1980 it was ended, another one was extended on January 7, 1997. The streak was extended to 17 games by a 7-3 win over the visiting Boston Bruins, the ninth-longest in NHL history. Eric Lindros’s personal points increased to 17 with a goal, two assists and a assist.

Hollywood Milestones

Bob Nevin scored a goal that gave him 700 career NHL points in January 1976’s Kings win over the Kansas City Scouts. This was his 18th season in the league. He was part of 1,128 games that saw him score 307 goals and 726 point with the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers, North Stars and Kings. In 1962 and 1963, he was part of the Maple Leafs’ Stanley Cup winning team.

Marcel Dionne lit twice the lamp on January 7, 1981 to help the Kings beat Hartford Whalers by 7-3 He was the 13ThThe first player to reach 1,000 career points in league history. He was the fastest player to achieve this milestone at the time, playing 740 games.

Luc Robitaille was the 27th person to win a double on Jan. 7, 1999.ThNHL player with 500 career goals. His two goals were the difference in a 4-2 victory over visiting Buffalo Sabres.

A Double Dip for Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky, who was playing in his 117th NHL match on Jan. 7, 1981, scored two goals and had two assists to reach 200 career points. This milestone came in a 6-3 Edmonton Oilers’ win against the Capitals.

Wayne Gretzky
Gretzky’s career was legendary. (Photo by B Bennett/Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images

Three years later, Gretzky put up three goals in Edmonton’s 5-3 victory over the Whalers. He scored 50 goals in the fifth season. To get to that point, he needed only 42 goals. This was his seventh and 25th hat trick of this season.ThThis is his remarkable career.

Odds & Ends

Howie Mobst, an early Montreal Canadiens’ star, scored a hat trick in a 9-1 victory at the Maple Leafs on Jan. 7, 1928. His first goal was the 100ThHis career. The Habs were also the first league team to win 20 consecutive games without allowing more than two goals.

Four decades later, on Jan. 7, 1968, Bobby Hull found the back net two times in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-2 win over the Bruins. He became the fourth NHL player to score 400 goals with these two tallies.

Hull scored goal number. 400 (THW Archives)

Johnny Bucyk reached 300 career goals two years later when he scored twice as the Bruins won a 6-1 win over the Oakland Seals.

Bernie Federko became the Blues’ first 300-goal scorer on January 7, 1987 in a 6-3 victory over the Whalers. To finish his night, he also had three assists.  

Al Secord scored four goals in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 6-4 win over the Maple Leafs that night. Rookie Mark LaVarre had 4 assists, 3 of which were Secord goals.

Christian Ruuttu had Three assists on Jan. 7, 1989, to lead the scoring in the Sabres’ 6-1 win over Toronto, giving Buffalo their 700thIn franchise history, victory.

In Washington, on this same night, Mike Ridley set a team record by picking up six assists in the Capitals’ 6-3 win over the Blackhawks. He became the fourth NHL player to assist on all six of his team’s goals in a game.

Mario Lemieux scored his 20th season goal on January 7, 2003 for the 12th consecutive time in his career, in the 6-3 loss to the Islanders by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
Lemieux had many big moments during his career. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images).

Brian Boucher made 27 saves to lead the Phoenix Coyotes in a 3-0 win against the Capitals on Jan. 7, 2004. He was the first goaltender to win consecutive shutouts since Bill Durnan (1949).

Happy Birthday

Babe Pratt (late Hall of Famer) and HooleySmith (72), Mike Liut (66), Rod Buskas (61) Guy Hebert (56) Guy Hebert (55) Guy Hebert (56) Guy Hébert (55), Donald Brashear (50), Erik Gudbranson (30), MacKenzie Weegar (28) and Alex Nedeljkovic (26) are among the 35 NHL players born on January 7. Other notable Jan. 7, birthday boys include Bill Fairbairn (72), Mike Liut (66) and Rod Buskas (661), Guy Hebert (55) and Guy Hebert (56) respectively.