Gordie Howe appeared in the game for the Whalers and got into the boxscore with a late elbowing penalty. The 51-year old grandfather explained “I was tired by then. (Garry) Howatt jostled me with his stick, so I thought I’d give him a quick one, and damn, the referee (Andy van Hellomend) was watching”. In addition to 801 goals and 1850 points in 1767 NHL games, “Mr. Hockey” recorded 1685 NHL penalty minutes.
|The Great Gordie Howe|
Also on this date: (1984) Mike Bossy has four goals in an 8-3 win over Los Angeles; (2001) The Isles retire Bryan Trottier’s #19 before a 2-2 tie with San Jose.