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

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 Tkachukand Jeremy Roenickk achieved the feat.

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Oct. 15, 1989 - Wayne Gretzky surpassed Gordie Howe to become the greatest scorer in NHL history

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With less than a minute remaining in the game, Wayne Gretzky earns his 1,851st career point against his old team, the Edmonton Oilers. As soon as the puck lands in the net, the Edmonton crowd erupts in applause, showing that they still love number 99, despite Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings jersey. 

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Oct. 14, 1979 - Wayne Gretzky scored his first NHL goal

The 18-year-old Wayne Gretzky needed three regular-season games to score his first NHL goal. It came against Glen Hanlon of the Vancouver Canucks during a 4-4 tie in Edmonton. Gretsky went on to score 50 more goals that season, which was the highest total for a rookie in NHL history. He also won the NHL’s MVP award and was tied for the scoring lead at the end of the season with 137 points.

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"Losing is essential to anyones success. The more you lose, the more you want to win." - Brett Hull

Losing is part of the journey. Don’t give up.

Oct. 9, 2000 - Brett Hull scored his 611th goal and passed his father Bobby Hull in all-time scoring

At 7:33 of the third period, Brett Hull one-timed a pass from Brendan Morrow into the net past Curtis Joseph, tying the hockey game and contributing to the Dallas Stars 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The goal placed Brett in ninth place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.

Toronto coach Pat Quinn, who once played against Bobby Hull, said the only similarity between the two is that they’re both blond. “Bobby was the dominant one. He was ‘Give me the puck and I’ll bull through everybody,’” Quinn said. “Brett has always gotten himself into a position where a good play maker could find him.” Brett himself describes his style as “stealth mode.”

"Forget about style, worry about results." - Bobby Orr

Get that ‘W’.

Sept. 3, 1966 - Bobby Orr signed his first NHL contract with the Boston Bruins

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The two-year deal paid $70,000 plus a signing bonus, gave Bobby Orr the top salary in hockey. In the fall of 1961, the Boston Bruins invested C$1,000 (C$7,834 in 2014 dollars) to sponsor his minor hockey team. Although three other NHL teams (Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens) were interested in Orr, he signed in 1962 with the Bruins. Orr explained that he signed with the Bruins because “they’re a team of the future. They’re rebuilding and I want to be part of that building program.” In his debut season with the Bruins in 1966-1967, Orr scored 13 goals and 28 assists, gaining him the Rookie of the Year honor, as well as second-team All-Star.

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"Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy." - Wayne Gretzky

Action is the cure.

Aug. 9, 1988 - The Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the Kings

In a move that heralded significant change in the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky, along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski, to the Kings for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million in cash, and the Kings’ first-round draft picks in 1989. “The Trade”, as it came to be known, upset Canadians to the extent that New Democratic Party House Leader Nelson Riis demanded that the government block it, and Peter Pocklington was burned in effigy outside the Northlands Coliseum. Gretzky himself was considered a “traitor” by some Canadians for turning his back on his adopted hometown, and his home country; his motivation was widely rumored to be the furtherance of his wife’s acting career.

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"If you can’t beat ‘em in the alley, you can’t beat ‘em on the ice." - Conn Smythe

Old school.

June 24, 1980 - The Atlanta Flames franchise moved to Calgary, Alberta

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The Atlanta Flames were a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA from 1972 to 1980. In 1980, team owner Tom Cousins was in considerable financial difficulty and was forced to sell the Flames to stave off bankruptcy. With few serious offers from local groups, he was very receptive to an offer from a group of Calgary businessmen fronted by Canadian entrepreneur (and former Edmonton Oilers owner) Nelson Skalbania. A last-ditch effort to keep the team in Atlanta fell short, and Cousins sold the team to Skalbania for US$16 million, a record sale price for an NHL team at the time. Skalbania chose to retain the Flames name, feeling it would be a good fit for an oil town like Calgary, while the flaming “A” logo was replaced by a flaming “C”. Skalbania sold his interest in 1981, and the Flames have been locally owned since. The team was relocated to Calgary for the start of the 1980–81 NHL season and were officially renamed the Calgary Flames.

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June 6, 1989 - Wayne Gretzky wins his 9th Hart Trophy award

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He is the first player in NHL history to win the same award nine times.

Wayne Gretzky won the award a record nine times during his career, eight consecutively. He has been named MVP more times than any other player in the history of the other three North American major professional leagues (Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, and National Football League). Barry Bonds is second, having won the MVP award seven times in Major League Baseball. Gretzky and his Edmonton Oilers teammate Mark Messier are the only players to win the Hart Trophy with more than one team. In 1990, Mark Messier took the Hart over Ray Bourque by a margin of two votes, the difference being a single first-place vote.

May 28, 2003 - Saint Patrick announced his retirement from the NHL

Patrick Roy left his career as the NHL leader in victories (551) and games played (1,029). He was also the all-time leader in playoff victories, games played and shutouts.

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May 19, 1984 - The Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup, defeating the Islanders in 5 games

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During the 1983-84 NHL season the Edmonton Oilers finished first overall in the NHL, winning a franchise record fifty-seven games and earning 119 points (fifteen points ahead of the second place New York Islanders). They were the first team to feature three players with fifty goals (Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson). Gretzky started off strong by scoring at least a point in the first fifty-one games of the season. Paul Coffey became the second defenceman ever to score forty goals in a season (with forty exactly). The Oilers scored a grand total of 446 goals as a team, an NHL record. They were so determined to win the Stanley Cup that they hired Roger Neilson as a video analyst.

The Oilers started the playoffs strongly by sweeping the Winnipeg Jets in the Smythe Division semifinals. They faced a tougher test in the Calgary Flames, but they defeated them in seven games in the division finals. They then swept the Minnesota North Stars in the conference finals to earn a rematch with the Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Oilers split the first two games in Long Island, but then won three in a row in Edmonton to become the first former WHA team to win the Stanley Cup. After the series, Mark Messier was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

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"Sometimes people say, ‘Are hockey fights real?’ and I say ‘If they weren’t I’d get in more of them.’" - Wayne Gretzky

No WWE over here.

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