by Rachel Williams
On This Day in Hockey History: June 8
Hockey is a sport that has been around for generations, and because of that, there is an ample amount of history that goes with it.
Throughout the years, records to get broken, and players continue to get traded. It just comes with the territory.
Although there are not regular games in the summer months, Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a variety of other things happen to keep the sport interesting.
So, as a way to expand your hockey knowledge, here are just a few things that have happened on this day throughout hockey history!
1988: Coach of the Detroit Red Wings, Jacques Demers, won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year. This was the second consecutive season that Demers won the award, making him the first man to win twice.
1996: In game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche set an NHL record with his sixth game winning goal. Colorado went on to win the Stanley Cup against Florida that year.
2000: The Dallas Stars defeated the New Jersey Devils 1-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Ed Belfour of Dallas made 48 saves and Mike Modano scored the only goal of the game in the 3rd overtime. It was the longest 1-0 game in Stanley Cup Finals history.
Happy Birthday! Today is the ol’Two-Niner, Phil Bourque’s 55th birthday! The former Penguins defenseman captured two Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992.
Also celebrating today is Penguins forward Conor Sheary who turns 25 years old today. He won the Stanley Cup with the Pens in 2016 and is competing for a second one as we speak!
In honor of the Penguins playing in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight, it is almost required to share something that happened in Penguins history years ago today. In 1988, Mario Lemieux won the Art Ross and Hart Trophies making him the first Penguins player to win either one of the awards!
Finally, on this day in 2016, the Johnstown Tomahawks announced the commitment of forward Anthony Parrucci to Elmira College!
Remember to check the Tomahawks website for more articles and news!