Firsts: part 1
- Jean Beliveau was the first hockey player on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
- Phil Esposito was the first NHLer to score 100 points.
- Gordie Howe was the first player to win the Hart Trophy 5 times.
- Jaromir Jagr was the first European player to lead the NHL in scoring.
- Jean Ratelle was the first player to score 100 points for 2 teams.
- Mike Gartner was the first NHLer to get 30 goals in 15 straight seasons.
- Kevin Stevens was the first player to get 100 points and 200 PIM in the same season.
- Borje Salming was the first European-trained player to play in 1,000 NHL games
- Craig Simpson was the first player to score 50 goals, split between 2 different teams in one season.
- Mike Bossy was the first rookie to score 50 goals in one season.
Firsts: part 2
- First American-trained player to score a hat trick in the NHL: George Owen; born in Ontario, raised in Boston
- First US-born 50-goal scorer: Bob Carpenter
- First American goalie to win Vezina: Frank Brimsek
- First US-born coach to win the Cup: Leo Dandurand
- First American to play 1,000 games: Gordie Roberts
- First American chosen 1st overall in draft: Brian Lawton
- First US-born player with a 100-point season: Neal Broten
- First Vermont-born player to make the NHL: John LeClair
- First American defensemen to win the Norris: Rod Languay
- First US-born player to lead NHL in goal scoring: Keith Tkachuk
Firsts: part 3
- Wayne Gretzky: 1st player to score 200 points in one season
- Terry Sawchuk: 1st goalie in NHL history to record 400 wins
- Bobby Hull: 1st NHLer to score more than 50 goals in a season
- Brett Hull: part of first father-son duo to win Hart Trophy
- Ron Hextall: 1st goalie to shoot and score a goal
- Bernie Nicholls: 1st player to score a goal in all 4 periods of a game
- Bobby Orr: 1st player to win Hart Trophy 3 years in a row
- John Ferguson: 1st NHL player to get a triple minor.
- Butch Goring: 1st NHLer to score a playoff hat trick with 2 teams.
- Wayne Connelly: 1st player to score on a a penalty shot in the playoffs.
Firsts: part 4
- 1st defensemen to score 100 points for 2 NHL teams: Paul Coffey
- 1st winner of the Norris Trophy: Red Kelly
- 1st defensemen to get 6 assists in one game: Babe Pratt
- 1st defensemen to get 500 career points: Bill Gadsby
- 1st defensemen to score 2 playoff hat tricks: Paul Reinhart
- 1st defensemen to score 2 short handed goals in 1 game: Mark Howe
- 1st defensemen to score 5 goals in a game: Denis Potvin
- 1st defensemen to score a hat trick in the playoffs: Bobby Orr
First rules adopted per decade
- 1930s: Clocks, goal lights
- 1940s: NHL rule that players had to raise their sticks to signal a goal; last-minute-of-play announcement
- 1950s: Out-of-town scoreboards; Zamboni; NHL game televised by US network
- 1960s: first separate penalty-box doors for each team
- 1970s: rink-board advertising; team benches on same side of rink; NHL made helmets mandatory and names on the back of jerseys
- 1980s: 1st sudden-death OT allowed during regular season "in modern times"
- 1990s: use of last line change for home team before face-off; video replay; 3rd jerseys
The First 50-Goal Scorers For Each Team:
- Montreal, 1945: Maurice Richard
- Chicago, 1962: Bobby Hull
- Boston, 1971: Phil Esposito
- NYR, 1972: Vic Hadfield
- Detroit, 1973: Mickey Redmond
- Philadelphia, 1973: Rick MacLeish
- Buffalo, 1974: Rick Martin
- Pittsburgh, 1976: Jean Pronovost
- Los Angeles, 1977: Marcel Dionne
- NYI, 1978: Mike Bossy
- Edmonton, 1980: Wayne Gretzky
- Hartford, 1980: Blaine Stoughton
- St. Louis, 1981: Wayne Babych
- Quebec, 1981: Jacques Richard
- Washington, 1981: Dennis Maruk
- Minnesota, 1982: Dino Ciccarelli
- Toronto, 1982: Rick Vaive
- Calgary, 1983: Lanny MacDonald
- Winnipeg, 1985: Dale Hawerchuk
- Vancouver, 1993: Pavel Bure
- Dallas, 1993: Mike Modano
- Colorado, 1996: Joe Sakic
- Anaheim, 1996: Paul Kariya
- Phoenix, 1997: Keith Tkachuk
Stanley Cup Firsts
- 1929: The first time 2 American teams (Bruins & Rangers) met in the Cup Finals
- 1941: Bruins became 1st team to win the Stanley Cup in a sweep since the institution of the best-of-7 playoff format
- 1949: Toronto became the 1st modern team (original Ottawa Senators being the 1st NHL team) to win 3 straight Cups
- 1959: 1st and only time no shutouts were recorded in the entire playoff season
- 1963: 1st time 2 shorthanded goals were scored in 1 playoff game, by Toronto's Dave Keon
- 1971: 1st time a defenseman scores a hat trick in the playoffs, by Bobby Orr
- 1975: 1st time 1 player wins the playoff MVP 2 years in a row, by Flyers Bernie Parent
- 1989: 1st time a goalie scores a goal in the playoffs, by Ron Hextall
- 1993: 1st time a defenseman scores a hat trick in the Cup finals, by Montreal's Eric Desjardins
- 1994: Brian Leetch became the first Ranger to win the Conn Smythe
- 1934: 1st time Chicago Blackhawks win the Cup
- 1948: 1st time Gordie Howe plays in the Stanley Cup playoffs
- 1950: 1st time the Stanley Cup is won in overtime in game 7 - by Pete Babando of Detroit
- 1969: 1st defenseman to win Conn Smythe - Serge Savard
- 1974: 1st expansion team to win a Cup - Flyers
- 1982: 1st time Vancouver is represented in Cup finals since 1924
- 1989: 1st time a player scores more than 5 PPG in 1 playoff series 0 LA's Chris Kontos
- 1992: 1st NHL game played in June
- 1995: 1st player to score 3 PPG in a playoff game in 3 separate games - Dino Ciccarelli
- 1998: 1st Red Wings forward to win Conn Smythe - Steve Yzerman
Stanley Cup Finals Records - many of these are probably outdated!
- Played in 53 straight games in the finals between 1951 and 1960: Bernie Geoffrion
- Fastest goal from the start of a period in the finals, at 9 seconds into OT on May 18, 1986: Brian Skrudland
- Most career goals in the finals with 34 in 59 games: Maurice Richard
- Most goals allowed by a goalie in the finals with 33 in 6 games in 1973 against Montreal: Tony Esposito
- 94 PIM, most in the finals: Gordie Howe
- These 2 share the record for most points by a defenseman in 1 final series: Paul Coffey (11 piints in 5 games) and Brian Leetch (11 points in 7 games).
- Most goals by a rookie in a finals series, established in 1939: Roy Conacher ** Pretty sure this record has long since been broken
- 6 goals, most goals in a 6-game final series, established in 1973: Yvan Cournoyer
- Most straight wins by a goalie in the finals with 10 straight final series wins from 1976 to 1978: Ken Dryden
Part 2 - can we identify which ones are outdated?
- Most assists by a defenseman in 1 final series with 9 assists in 6 games for Pittsburgh in 1991: Larry Murphy
- Most assists by a rookie in the Cup finals with 5 assists in 6 games for Pittsburgh in 1991: Jaromir Jagr
- Most PIM in 1 finals series with 53 PIM in 6 games in 1980 with the Flyers: Mel Bridgman
- Most career assists in the finals with 35 in 31 games: Wayne Gretzky
- Most goals in a 4-game final series with 7 goals in 1982: Mike Bossy
- Most Cup championships by a coach with 8: Scotty Bowman and Toe Blake
- Most shorthanded points in the finals (2 in 1970, 1 in 1972, 1 in 1974): Bobby Orr
- Most career wins by a goalie in the finals with 25: Jacques Plante
- Most career points in the finals with 62 points in 64 games:Jean Beliveau