>Less than a week ago Western Pennsylvania native Christian Hanson was saddened when his college team was eliminated in the NCAA Midwest Regional. Tonight he was playing in the NHL, becoming the 12th player from here to make the big leagues.
Hanson, who wasn’t drafted in the NHL, finished his college career at Notre Dame when Bemidji State beat the Fighting Irish on and signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs three days later on March 31, 2009.Read more →
>First shift. First goal. An NHL record.
If the league kept such a stat, Caputi would have beaten Toronto’s Gus Bodnar, who scored :15 seconds into his first game against the New York Rangers on October 30, 1943.
The league honors the game clock, not individual ice time. Bodnar started in his milestone game; Caputi just jumped over the boards for his debut 2:16 into the first period.
Officially, Caputi’s tally was recorded at 2:30.
We are aware that Lemieux scored on in his first shift on October 11, 1985 – although it took him 1:18 of ice time!Read more →
It was a long-overdue gesture. Many of the newer fans have never heard of him or knew the story of why the number is retired. Here is his chapter of Penguins history…
See rare footage of Briere’s first NHL goal.