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Answers for April/May/June, 1999

Who was the first goaltender in NHL history to record a shutout in his first career game? Hal Winkler - On November 16, 1926, Hal Winker, making his NHL debut, shutout the visiting Montreal Maroons 1-0. Still, the Rangers would sell Winkler to Boston on January 17, 1927.
Montreal Canadiens' Newsy Lalonde scored a record 17 playoff goals in 1919. How many years did it take for this record to be broken? 57 years - Philadelphia's Reggie Leach scored 19 goals during the 1976 playoffs, breaking Lalonde's 57-year-old record. Leach's record was tied 9 years later by Edmonton's Jari Kurri.
Who was known as "The Stratford Streak"? Howie Morenz - Morenz, considered one of the greatest players from the 20's and 30's, played his junior hockey in Stratford, Ontario.
Who were the three players that made up the Pittsburgh Penguins' "Option Line"? Kevin Stevens, John Cullen and Mark Recchi< - This line, which played together from 1988 to 1991, accounted for almost one third of the Penguins' scoring during the 1990-91 season.
Which of these players never played in an NHL All-Star Game? Steve Thomas - Despite scoring 25 or more goals 7 times during his 15-year career and amassing 352 career goals, Steve Thomas has never appeared in an NHL All-Star Game.
On February 14, 1931, in a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, a goal was scored by the Maple Leafs on which three assists were awarded. Who scored this goal? Charlie Conacher - In an historic first, Charlie Conacher scored, with assists given to King Clancy, Joe Primeau and Busher Jackson. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.
What was Gordie Howe's jersey number when he first entered the NHL in 1946? 17 - When Howe made his NHL debut on October 16, 1946, he wore #17, scored his first NHL goal and got into two fights. He soon switched to the number he made famous, #9.
Who was the oldest rookie in NHL history, entering the league at age 38? Connie Madigan - After spending nearly 20 years in the minors, defenseman Connie Madigan was traded to the St. Louis Blues by the Portland Buckaroos of the WHL for the loan of Andre Aubry for the remainder of the 1972-73 season. He played his first of 20 NHL games on February 6, 1973, against Vancouver at age 38, making him the oldest rookie in NHL history.
Which of the following players were NOT brothers? Mario and Jocelyn Lemieux - Although they were born within 200 kilometres of each other and they both played for the same junior team, Mario and Jocelyn Lemieux are not brothers. However, both of them do have brothers that have played in the NHL. Mario's brother, Alain, played for six seasons during the 80's with St. Louis, Quebec and Pittsburgh, and Jocelyn's brother, Claude, has won three Stanley Cups with Montreal, New Jersey and Colorado.
Who was the LAST goaltender in NHL history to play without a facemask? Andy Brown - On April 7, 1974, Pittsburgh's Andy Brown became the last NHL goaltender to play without a mask when he played his final league game for the Penguins, a 6-3 loss to the Flames, at the Omni in Atlanta.
Who was the first Swedish-born player to appear in the NHL? Ulf Sterner - On January 27, 1965, Ulf Sterner became the first Swedish-born player to appear in the NHL as he suited up for the Rangers in a 5-2 loss to Boston. Sterner's NHL career lasted only four games, in which he failed to record a point.
Which player did the Hartford Whalers trade in exchange for Brendan Shanahan on July 27, 1995? Chris Pronger - Pronger, after playing two seasons with the Whalers, was sent to St. Louis in exchange for Shanahan, who was soon traded to Detroit where he was a member of both Stanley Cup-winning teams.
What was the name of the Switzerland-based club that Doug Gilmour played 9 games for during the NHL lock-out in 1994? Rapperswil - During the lock-out, Gilmour played nine games for Rapperswil in the B Division of the Swiss League, where the Leafs captain scored two goals and 15 assists for 17 points in his month-long stint. Gilmour made just $1500 a game, which he donated to the NHL Players' Association.
Who scored the first goal in NHL history? Dave Ritchie - On December 19, 1917, Montreal Wanderers defenseman Dave Ritchie scored the first goal in NHL history (one minute into the NHL's first game) then added another goal in the third period. The Wanderers defeated the Toronto Arenas 10-9 that night before a crowd of 700 fans. A lot of people submitted Joe Malone as the answer for this question. Malone and the Montreal Canadiens also played that night against the Ottawa Senators and Malone scored the first goal of that game at 6:30 of the first period. It is speculated that Malone's goal was in fact the first in NHL history, but the start time of that game remains unconfirmed, meaning that Dave Ritchie is the one credited with scoring the first goal in NHL history.
Which San Jose Sharks rookie scored goals on the first four shots on net of his NHL career in 1995-96? Jan Caloun - In March of 1996, Jan Caloun was called up by the Sharks from the Kansas City Blades of the IHL. He played his first game on March 18, 1996 against Boston and scored his first NHL goal on his first shot. In his second game against Winnipeg, he scored twice (on his second and third shots) and in his third game against Calgary, he scored once (on his fourth shot) and then finally missed a shot later in the game. Caloun ended the season with eight goals on 20 shots, an accuracy rate of 40 per cent.
Who scored the first goal in the Molson Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens? Vincent Damphousse - Damphousse scored the first goal at the Molson Centre at 6:13 of the first period in the Habs' 4-2 opening-night win over the New York Rangers. Naturally, the evening featured plenty of firsts. Valeri Bure and Martin Rucinsky recorded the first assists at the new arena, Glenn Healy gave up the first goal, Bill Berg scored the first goal for a visiting team and Lyle Odelein took the first stupid penalty--for attempting to head-butt the Rangers' Darren Langdon.
Which NHL team was named after a restaurant? The Chicago Blackhawks - When the Pacific Coast Hockey Association folded in 1926, one of its teams, the Portland Rosebuds, was purchased by Major Frederic McLaughlin (a Chicago aristocrat whose family had made millions in the coffee business). The major owned a restaurant in Chicago called the Blackhawk, named after a military regiment he had commanded in World War I. Seeing a chance to get some free advertising for his restaurant, McLaughlin gave his new hockey team the same name.
Which current Florida Panther's father won three medals in swimming at the 1972 Olympic Games? Pavel Bure's - Pavel's father, Vladimir, was a world-class swimmer and was awarded the Order of Lenin for his athletic achievements. He won three medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics: a bronze in the 100-metre freestyle, a silver in the 4 x 100-metre freestyle relay and a bronze in the 4 x 200-metre freestyle relay.
Against which team did Jaromir Jagr score his first NHL goal? The New Jersey Devils - On October 7, 1990, Jaromir Jagr, appearing in his second game with the Penguins, scored his first NHL goal as the Penguins went on to defeat the Devils 7-4.
Which NHL goaltender scored a goal on January 2nd, 1999? Damian Rhodes - During the first period of a game between the Ottawa Senators and the New Jersey Devils, referee Don van Massenhoven was going to send Ottawa defenseman Jason York to the penalty box for holding and New Jersey pulled goaltender Martin Brodeur for an extra attacker. The Devils worked the puck around the Senators zone before defenseman Lyle Odelein tried to pass back to the blue line. The puck eluded teammates Scott Niedermayer and Dave Andreychuk and made it all the way into the New Jersey net to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead. Since Rhodes was the last Senator to touch the puck, he was credited with the goal. The Senators went on to defeat the Devils 6-0 and Rhodes recorded his first shutout of the season, as well as his first goal since 1989, when he scored for the Michigan Tech Huskies of the WCHA.

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