During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for March 27th, featuring Chris Chelios.
Today in Hockey History
Chris Chelios Plays 400th Game for Third Team
2006: Chelios plays his 400th game for his third different team in the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. The American defenceman played 664 games with the rival Chicago Blackhawks and 402 with the Montreal Canadiens.
He didn’t register a point in 23:07 of ice time for the Red Wings. Chelios would play 578 games for Detroit and retire in 2009-10 after a seven-game stint with the Atlanta Thrashers.
Other Notable Events
1973: Mickey Redmond is the first Red Wings player to get 50 goals in a season. Redmond would score twice to get his 50th and 51st goals of the season in an 8-1 rout of the Maple Leafs. He’d end up with 52 goals for the season.
1980: Ray Bourque sets a rookie record for points by a rookie defenceman with his 61st. The Bruins would down the Blues, 7-1, at Boston Garden. However, the record wouldn’t stand long as Larry Murphy would get 76 points with the Los Angeles Kings.
1993: Sherry Ross is the first woman to do play-by-play of an NHL game. Ross would step in for Gary Thorne, who’s flight was delayed, to call the game. The New Jersey Devils would beat the Washington Capitals, 5-2.
Happy Birthday to You
1945: Brit Selby
1948: Curt Bennett
1951: Bobby Lalonde
1982: Chad LaRose
1985: Dustin Byfuglien