Apr. 12, 1980 - Terry Fox embarked on his Marathon of Hope

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The Trek Across Canada began on April 12, 1980, when Terry Fox dipped his right leg in the Atlantic Ocean near St. John’s, Newfoundland, and filled two large bottles with ocean water. He intended to keep one as a souvenir and pour the other into the Pacific Ocean upon completing his journey at Victoria, British Columbia. Fox was supported on his run by Doug Alward, who drove the van and cooked meals.

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Apr. 3, 1988 - Mario Lemieux wins the NHL scoring title

Mario Lemieux's 168 points bested Wayne Gretzky, who had dominated the league as the top scorer for an amazing seven seasons.

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Mar. 23, 1952 - Bill Mosienko scored the fastest hat trick in NHL history, 3 goals in 21 seconds

Bill Mosienko played 14 seasons in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks. He appeared in five All-Star Games during his career. His most famous moment came on March 23, 1952, in a game against the New York Rangers on the final night of the regular season. He scored three goals in a 21-second span of the third period against New York’s Lorne Anderson to set a new record for the fastest hat-trick by one player. Line-mate Gus Bodnar assisted on all three goals, and he nearly had a fourth goal 45 seconds later on a shot that deflected off the goalpost. As of 2014 Mosienko’s feat remains an NHL record.

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"I want to be the best. So whatever comes with that, I have to accept it." - Sidney Crosby

It comes with the territory.

Mar. 5, 1985 - Mike Bossy became the first NHL player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons

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Montreal native, Mike Bossy played for the New York Islanders for his entire career and was a crucial part of their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s. Among many other remarkable achievements, he was the only player in NHL history to score consecutive Stanley Cup winning goals, in 1982 and 1983, the only player to record four game-winning goals in one series (1983 Conference Final), is the NHL all-time leader in average goals per regular season game, and one of only five players to score 50 goals in 50 games.

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"It’s hard to win, but it’s harder to keep winning." - Alexandre Bilodeau

Repeat!

"You have to rely on your preparation. You got to really be passionate and try to prepare more than anyone else, and put yourself in a position to succeed, and when the moment comes you got to enjoy, relax, breathe and rely on your preparation so that you can perform and not be anxious or filled with doubt." - Steve Nash

Happy 40th birthday to Lakers point guard, Steve Nash.

"Respect your opponent, just make them respect you more." - Georges St-Pierre

"Respect your opponent, just make them respect you more." - Georges St-Pierre

Nov. 10, 1963 - Gordie Howe scored his 545th goal breaking the record held by Maurice Richard

In his 18th season in the NHL, Gordie Howe already had scored more points (1,220) and had more assists (676) than anyone in history. On November 10, 1963 he sought to stand alone among goal scorers.

Teammate Billy McNeill took the puck inside the Official Detroit Red Wings' blue line and headed up ice, with Howe trailing and yelling at him to keep going. After getting inside Montreal’s blue line, McNeill passed to Howe, who immediately fired. His black dart of a shot never got more than an inch off the ice and whistled through the narrow gap between goalie Charley Hodge and the right post. Mr. Hockey had scored his 545th goal, breaking his tie with Maurice the Rocket Richard.

The 15,027 fans in Detroit’s Olympia Stadium gave their hero a 20-minute standing ovation. The goal itself left Howe, who had been feeling the pressure in his chase to pass “The Rocket,” more relieved than elated. “Now I can start enjoying life again,” he said after Detroit’s 3-0 win, looking at the mob of reporters and photographers who had been chronicling his every move.

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"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." - Wayne Gretzky

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." - Wayne Gretzky

Oct. 19, 1957 - Maurice “Rocket” Richard scores 500 career goals

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A total of 41 NHL players have reached Maurice Richard’s milestone. Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull were the first players to follow Richard. Most recently, Keith Tkachuk and Jeremy Roenickk achieved the feat.

Richard won the Stanley Cup eight times in Montreal, was captain of four straight cup wins from 1957-1960 and was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1961 (the customary three year waiting period was waived).

Did You Know: Maurice Richard was also the first NHL player to achieve the feat of 50 goals in 50 games. He did so in the ‘44-‘45 season and it took 35 years before anyone matched the feat again. Also on that list: Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull.

Maurice Richard 500 career goals anniversary

Sept. 26, 1988 - Ben Johnson tested positive for steroids and stripped of his 100-meter gold medal

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On September 24, 1988, Ben Johnson won the 100m final at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, lowering his own world record to 9.79 seconds. Johnson would later remark that he would have been even faster had he not raised his hand in the air just before he finished the race. However, Johnson’s urine samples were found to contain stanozolol, and he was disqualified two days later. He later admitted having used steroids when he ran his 1987 world record, which caused the IAAF to rescind that record as well. Johnson and coach Francis complained that they used doping in order to remain on an equal footing with the other top athletes on drugs they had to compete against. In testimony before the Dubin inquiry into drug use, Francis charged that Johnson was only one of many cheaters, and he just happened to get caught. Later, six of the eight finalists of the 100-meter race tested positive for banned drugs or were implicated in a drug scandal at some point in their careers: Carl Lewis, who was given the gold medal, Linford Christie, who was moved up to the silver medal and who went on to win gold at the next Games, Dennis Mitchell, who was moved up to fourth place and finished third to Christie in 1992, and Desai Williams, Johnson’s countryman who won a bronze medal at the Los Angeles Games in 1984. In the ESPN documentary ESPN 30 for 30 Films: 9.79*, eventual silver medallist Christie states, and footage of the race shows, that Lewis “ran out of his lane… two or three times” during the race, which should have resulted in Lewis’ automatic disqualification.

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"Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you?" - Jacques Plante

"Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you?" - Jacques Plante

"When you get that nice celebration coming into the dugout and you’re getting your ass hammered by guys, there’s no better feeling than to have that done." - Matt Stairs
One of those quotes that athletes on team sports can relate to.
Did You Know: Stairs holds the all-time MLB record of home runs hit as a pinch-hitter with 23 

"When you get that nice celebration coming into the dugout and you’re getting your ass hammered by guys, there’s no better feeling than to have that done." - Matt Stairs

One of those quotes that athletes on team sports can relate to.

Did You Know: Stairs holds the all-time MLB record of home runs hit as a pinch-hitter with 23 

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