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Monday, November 16, 2009

Jackman sets NHL record

I mentioned in "Stat Trick" that Jackman had scored just 16 seconds into the game on his 28th birthday.

Turns out that he set an NHL record.  According to Elias, it's the earliest goal in a game a player has scored on his birthday.

Thomas Eriksson (32 seconds into a game on his 24th birthday in 1983 for the Flyers) held the previous record.

Elmer Lach (43 seconds, on his 26th birthday in 1944) and Dave Taylor (52 seconds, on his 24th birthday in 1979) are the only other players to have scored in the first minute of a game on their birthday.

 Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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