Today in Hockey History: Chris Chelios Plays 400th Game for Detroit Red Wings

Chris Chelios
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 16: Chris Chelios #24 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena on December 16, 2006 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Red Wings won 2-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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

1952: Turk Broda of the Toronto Maple Leafs is the first goalie to play in 100 post-season game. The Leafs would lose 1-0 to the Red Wings in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals.

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.

1974: The Boston Bruins are the first team to win 50 games in four straight seasons as they beat the New York Rangers, 3-2.

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.

2002: Phil Housley is the first American-born player and fourth defenceman to get 1,200 points. Housley would score the winning goal as the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators, 4-1.

2003: Patrick Roy gets his 6th and final shutout of his career as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the Kings, 3-0.

Happy Birthday to You

1945: Brit Selby

1948: Curt Bennett

1951: Bobby Lalonde

1982: Chad LaRose

1985: Dustin Byfuglien


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