The numbers 200 and 400 showed up numerous times on this date through National Hockey League history. In addition, there were a handful of events and feats to happen for the first time and some memorable All-Star Game moments. It is time for a daily look back in time at all the big stories from Jan. 25 over the years.
200 & 400 are Wild
Gordie Howe scored a goal and added two assists on Jan. 25, 1953, to give him 400 regular-season career points as the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens skated to a 3-3 tie. Alex Delvecchio had a big night by picking up an assist on all three Detroit goals.
Bobby Orr set up two goals to reach the 400-assist mark on Jan. 25, 1973, in the Boston Bruins’ 4-2 loss to the Red Wings. It took the Hall of Fame defenseman 437 games to get 400 assists.
Rick Middleton scored his eighth career hat trick for his 400th NHL goal on Jan. 25, 1986, as the Bruins beat the Red Wings 6-3. He became the 25th player in league history to join the 400-goal club.
Ron Francis scored his 200th career goal on Jan. 25, 1989, in the Hartford Whalers 3-3 tie with the St. Louis Blues.
On that same night, Glenn Anderson picked up the 400th assist of his career in the Edmonton Oilers’ 6-3 home loss to the Blackhawks.
Cam Neely lit the lamp for the 200th time in his career and had added an assist on Jan. 25, 1990, as the Bruins won 5-2 over the visiting New York Islanders.
Firsts in the NHL
A 21-year-old Phil Esposito scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 25, 1964, during the Blackhawks’ 5-3 loss at the Red Wings. He beat fellow future Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuck to find the back of the net for the first time. He scored 74 goals with Chicago before he was traded to Boston in 1967. He retired with 717 goals, the sixth-most in league history.
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Islanders defenseman Denis Potvin scored his first NHL hat trick and added an assist on Jan. 25, 1975, in a 5-5 tie with the Los Angeles Kings.