"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 60 Isles 4, Detroit 1 The night belonged to John Tonelli. The game belonged to Jordan Eberle. ...
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
It Happened at the Coliseum … on MARCH 3rd
43 years ago
tonight (1973) -Bob Cook recorded his
only hat trick as an Islander as the Isles walloped the Vancouver Canucks 9-3
for their ninth win of season (9-52-5).
For one special night, Bob Cook was the greatest player I had ever seen
dotted the early days of the Isles’ record book as Cook became the first rookie
to score three goals in a game while fellow frosh Dave Hudson added five points
(1 goal, 4 assists). While both records
have been tied multiple times since, both Cook and Hudson still hold their
place in the Islander record book.
handed out 3,000 youth hockey sticks to young fans that night. One of the recipients was me – at the first
NHL game I ever attended.
record the win; Ed Dyck allowed the first seven goals for Vancouver.
I’m not sure
that I knew it at the time, but the win prevented the Isles from tying the
then-NHL record of 53 losses, set by California in 1970-71. (The Isles would lose their next six games,
enroute to a 60-loss campaign.)