Today in Hockey History: Jan. 19

Jan. 19 has been a very interesting day in National Hockey League history. Players scoring their 200th career goal was an overwhelming theme of the day. Plus, there were some historic performances in Los Angeles, and we saw one of the most memorable moments in All-Star Game history. Let’s hop in the THW hockey time machine for our daily look back.

Three Kings Make History

Bob Nevin scored his fifth and final career hat trick on Jan. 19, 1975, to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-3 road win at the Montreal Canadiens. He became the first Kings player to score three goals in a game versus the Canadiens. The victory also moved Los Angeles past the Habs for first place in the Norris Division.

On Jan. 19, 1988, Bernie Nicholls became the fourth player in franchise history to score 500 points. His milestone came on a goal as the Kings erased a 3-0 second-period deficit to beat the New York Rangers 6-3.

Bernie Nicholls
Nicholls was one of the top stars of the 80s in LA. (

Luc Robitaille racked up a hat trick, on Jan. 19, 2006, in the Kings 8-6 victory over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers. The three goals gave him 551 with the team, passing Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne for the most in franchise history. He retired at the end of this season with 557 goals with the Kings, which is still the all-time record.

Big Date Behind the Bench

Dick Irvin became the first man in NHL history to coach 1,000 NHL games on Jan. 19, 1950, when his Canadiens lost to the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. He retired following the 1955-56 season with 1,448 games coached, the eighth-most in league history. His 691 wins are 10th on the all-time list, and he is one of only six coaches to win four Stanley Cups.

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Minnesota North Stars general manager Wren Blair took over as head coach on Jan. 19, 1969, replacing John Muckler after a 6-23-6 start to the season. This was Muckler’s first head coaching job, and he would not get another until the 1989-90 season when he led the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup.

Vancouver Canucks’ general manager Harry Neale fired head coach Roger Neilson on Jan 19, 1984, and moved behind the bench. Neilson went 51-61-133 with the Canucks, but took them on a memorable run to the 1982 Stanley Cup Final. He was hired by the Kings 11 days later.

Roger Neilson Toronto Maple Leafs
Having to find a new job was nothing new for Neilson. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jacques Demers got his 400th victory on Jan. 19, 1999, as the Tampa Bay Lightning ended an eight-game winless streak by beating the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. He became the 12th coach in NHL history to join the 400-win club. His first 350 wins came with the Quebec Nordiques, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, and Canadiens.

One year later, Pat Burns became the 14th coach in NHL history to win 400 career games when the Boston Bruins beat the Thrashers 4-3. He went on to win 501 games before his career ended. He coached the Canadiens and Maple Leafs before arriving in Boston, then spent his final two NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils.

The 200 Club

Four players scored their 200th career goal on this date, starting on Jan. 19, 1958, with Bernie Geoffrion. The future Hall of Famer scored two goals and picked two assists in the Canadiens’ 6-2 win in Boston. He became the sixth player in franchise history to score 200 goals.

Peter Stastny scored twice in the second period on Jan. 19, 1985, to give him 200 career goals. He also added an assist, as the Nordiques won 4-3 over the visiting Bruins.

Peter Stastny of the Quebec Nordiques
Stastny was one of four players to score his 200th NHL goal on this date. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

One year later, on Jan. 1986, Mike Foligno scored his 200th NHL goal as the Sabres beat the Devils 6-3 in New Jersey.

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On that same night, Denis Savard scored twice for his admission into the 200-goal club. He also added an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 6-4.

A Busy Night in 2000

San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov got his first NHL start on Jan. 19, 2000, and made 39 saves for a shutout. Unfortunately, he did not get the win as the Sharks, and Colorado Avalanche skated to a scoreless tie. Patrick Roy needed just 15 saves for his 47th career shutout.

In New Jersey, Patrik Elias scored two goals and added an assist in the third period to lead the Devils to a 4-1 win over the Blackhawks. He tied a franchise record with at least one point in 12 straight games.

Patrik Elias Devils rumor
Elias was an all-time great in New Jersey. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

Finally, Pat Verbeek picked up his 500th and 501st career assist in the Red Wings’ 3-3 tie with the Canucks in Vancouver. He ended his 20-season career in 2002 with 540 assists and 1,062 points in 1,424 games.

Odds & Ends

Franklin Field in Boston was the site of the first recorded U.S. collegiate hockey game on Jan. 19, 1898, as Brown defeated Harvard 6-0. These two Ivy League schools have since played 177 times, with Harvard leading the series 116-47-14.  

Gordie Howe appeared in his 14th straight NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 19, 1971, one more than the old record holder, Maurice Richard. It was his 22nd All-Star Game in 23 seasons as the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 2-1 in Boston.

On Jan. 19, 1978, the New York Islanders improved their all-time record to over .500 for the first time in the team’s six-season history. Billy Smith earned his 10th career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Blues.

Doug Gilmour recorded his 300th career assist on Jan. 19, 1990, as his Calgary Flames skated to a 3-3 draw with the Hartford Whalers.

The Chicago Stadium and the Blackhawks hosted the 1991 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 18. 1991; the day the rest of the hockey world learned about the national anthem in the Windy City. A couple of days after the United States invaded Iraq as part of Operation Desert Storm, Wayne Messmer’s version of the “Star-Spangled Banner” took on a whole new feeling. The walls of the old barn shook as the fans cheered along.

Once the puck dropped, Vincent Damphousse of the Toronto Maple Leafs took over. He scored four goals, matching an All-Star Game record. He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player in the Campbell Conference’s 11-5 win over the Wales Conference. Wayne Gretzky scored his 11th career All-Star Game goal, passing Howe for the most all-time.

Phil Housley extended his team-record assist streak to 14-straight games on Jan. 19, 1993, in the Jets’ 5-2 win against the visiting Blackhawks. The future Hall of Famer recorded 21 assists during his streak.

Phil Housley #6 of the Buffalo Sabres
MONTREAL, CANADA – CIRCA 1980: Phil Housley #6 of the Buffalo Sabres (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

Three years later, the NHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the Jets. This was the last hurdle that needed to be cleared for the team to relocate to Phoenix, where they took the ice as the Coyotes at the start of the 1996-97 season.

Dominik Hasek became the first goaltender to record 50 shutouts in Sabres’ franchise history on Jan. 19, 2001, with a 1-0 win against the Florida Panthers.

On Jan. 19, 2003, Nicklas Lidstrom became just the second defenseman and fourth player overall in Red Wings history to play 900 games. He picked up an assist in Detroit’s 4-1 loss to the visiting Canucks.

Milan Hejduk became the third player in league history to score an overtime penalty-shot goal on Jan. 19, 2004, to give the Avalanche a 5-4 victory over the Lightning. This came just eight days after he scored his first career penalty-shot goal against the Blackhawks.

The late Pavol Demitra scored twice on that same evening, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Blues won 2-1 at the Panthers. The two goals gave him 500 career points in his 525th NHL game.

Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves on Jan. 19, 2019, to lead the Rangers to a 3-2 win at the Bruins. This gave him 446 career wins, moving him ahead of Terry Sawchuk for sixth place on the NHL’s all-time victories list. Mika Zibanejad tied Rod Gilbert’s team record by scoring the game-winning goal in the third straight game.

Happy Birthday to You

A total of 24 current and former NHL players were born on Jan. 19. The most recognizable names of the lot are Sylvain Cote (57), Ian Laperriere (49), Mike Komisarek (41), Thomas Vanek (39), Johnny Boychuk (39), and the late Hall of Famer Busher Jackson.

*Originally constructed by Greg Boysen

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