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On October 9, 1971, just months after witnessing the retirement of their longtime captain, the [...]More
Jean Beliveau proudly wore the “C” for 10 seasons, the longest tenure in team history.More
The Red Wings joined the NHL ranks at the start of the 1926-27 season.Named the Cougars from [...]More
On December 20, 1973, Henri Richard took advantage of a Canadiens road game in Buffalo to join [...]More
Appearing in his 911th NHL game, Béliveau, who had 999 career points to his credit before the puck dropped, wasted no time breaking into four figures. Five minutes into the first period, “Le Gros Bill” beat goaltender Roger Crozier to become the second NHL player - after Howe - to reach the 1,000-point plateau, and the first to do it in a Montreal Canadiens sweater.
Béliveau, who had passed Maurice Richard as the Canadiens’ all-time scoring leader earlier in the season, reached the 1,000-point level 27 games earlier than Mr. Hockey did. Gordie Howe recorded his 1,000th point on November 27, 1960, in his 938th NHL contest.
The evening was less than a complete success, with the game ending 5-2 in the Red Wings’ favor.