Today in Hockey History: Edmonton Oilers Paul Coffey Sets Goal Record for Defencemen

Paul Coffey
HARTFORD, CT - FEBRUARY 4: (L-R) Goalie Andy Moog #35, Wayne Gretzky #99, Glenn Anderson #9, Paul Coffey #7, Kevin Lowe #4, head coach Glen Sather, Mark Messier #11, Lee Fogolin #2, Jari Kurri #17 and goalie Grant Fuhr #31 of the Campbell Conference and the Edmonton Oilers pose for a portrait before the 1986 38th NHL All-Star Game against the Wales Conference on February 4, 1986 at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The Wales Conference defeated the Campbell Conference 4-3. (Photo by B Bennett/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 April 2nd, featuring Paul Coffey.

Today in Hockey History

Paul Coffey Sets Defencemen Goal Record

1986: The Edmonton Oilers blueliner breaks Bobby Orr‘s record for most goals by a defenceman in an 8-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Coffey would score twice to tie and then surpass the Boston Bruins great.

He’d score a power-play goal three days later against the Calgary Flames to set the standard at 48 goals. That record has yet to be broken since.

Other Notable Events

1939: Mel Hill of the Bruins closes out the Stanley Cup semifinal series with the New York Rangers with his third overtime goal in Game 7. Hill scores eight minutes into the third overtime to seal the win.

1969: Ted Irvine of the Los Angeles Kings sets a record for fastest OT playoff-goal in 19 seconds in a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Seals. Irvine is the father of professional wrestler, Chris Jericho.

1972: Bobby Hull scores his 604th and final NHL goal as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings, 6-1. Hull also scores his 50th goal for the fifth time in his career.

On the same day, Vic Hadfield is the first Rangers player to get 50 goals in a 6-5 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

1977: The Canadiens break the record for most wins in a season with 59 in an 11-0 drubbing of the Washington Capitals. Montreal would win two nights later in Washington to go 60-8-12 for 132 points, which is still an NHL record.

1980: Wayne Gretzky is the first teenager to score 50 goals in a season in a 1-1 tie with the Minnesota North Stars.

Five years later, Gretzky breaks the record for most hat tricks with 34. The Oilers would skate to a 6-4 win over the  Kings.

1989: Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores twice to get his 300th career goal in a 6-5 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

2016: Lindy Ruff wins his 700th game behind the bench as the Stars top the Kings, 3-2.

Happy Birthday to You

1902: Alex Smith

1950: Buster Harvey

1957: Dwight Foster

1979: Brad Ference

1996: Christian Jaros

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