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Monday, 17 August 2015

Ice Hockey player

Wilbur Wright developed his interest in aviation during three years of reclusiveness after being badly injured in an ice hockey game, when another player's stick hit him in the face.

Legendary Boston Bruins defenceman Eddie Shore endured  a harrowing, death-defying, 22-hour trek from Boston to Montreal to make it to a game in early January 1929. After missing his train, Shore drove 350 miles through a blizzard during which the car's chains broke twice, the wipers broke, he removed the top half of the windshield, and crashed into a ditch. He still made it and scored the game's only goal.

Playing for Chicago Black Hawks, Reg, Doug and Max Bentley made ice hockey history on January 1, 1943, when they became the National Hockey League's first all-brother forward line. Two nights later, Max and Doug assisted on Reg's first, and only, NHL goal. It was the only time in league history that a trio of family members recorded the goal and assists on a scoring play.

Maurice Richard became the first player to score 8 points in one game of NHL ice hockey, when he made five goals and three assists in a 9–1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on December 28, 1944. Richard achieved the feat despite arriving for the game exhausted from moving into his new home that afternoon.

African Canadian Willie O'Ree of the Boston Bruins played his first game in the National Hockey League in 1958, breaking the color barrier in professional ice hockey.

Bill Masterton, a hockey player for Minnesota North Stars, died of a head injury in 1968. He fell over backwards and hit his head on the ice after being checked during a game against the Oakland Seals. His is the only death in pro-hockey during the modern era.

Boston Bruin Bobby Orr becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to score 100 points in a season on March 15, 1970.

Brian Roy "Spinner" Spencer was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League for the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins between 1969 and 1980.  On December 12, 1970, Spencer was called up to play with the Leafs in what would be his first NHL game on television.  Upon hearing the news, Spencer's father Roy held a Canadian TV station hostage and forced them to broadcast it, before being shot and killed. After his career, Brian too was shot and killed in 1988 during a robbery after buying crack.

In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season in 1981 Wayne Gretzky (photo below by Håkan Dahlström) scored 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.

Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League record for consecutive game scoring. The streak began on October 5, 1983, and ended 51 games later on January 28, 1984 when the L.A. Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2. Gretzky collected 153 points (61 goals and 92 assists) during the run.

During an 8–6 win over the New Jersey Devils on December 31, 1988, Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux became the only National Hockey League player to score goals in five different ways: even strength, shorthanded, power play, penalty shot, and empty net.

Warroad a town in Minnesota with a population of 1,781 has sent seven hockey players to the Olympics since 1956 — four of them from the same family, the Christians — and each one has returned with a medal. 

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