Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Darryl Sittler

I heard that today is the birthday of one of my childhood heroes Darryl Sittler as well as the great Peter Stastny. With 1121 and 1239 points respectively for the two Hall of Famers, I wondered if today was perhaps the greatest hockey birthdate of the year. Let's have a look:
There are only three dates that produced two Hall of Famers with over 1,000 career points.

September 18
Darryl Sittler 1,121pts, Peter Stastny 1,239pts. Also Bun Cook, all three Hall of Famers.

October 29
Mike Gartner 1,335pts, Denis Potvin 1,052pts. Also Eric Staal.

May 12
Johnny Bucyk 1,369pts & Bernie Federko 1,130pts

A few other dates that could contend for the best hockey birthdate:
July 1
Rod Gilbert 1,021pts, Steve Shutt 817pts both Hall of Famers. Also Jarome Iginla 1,106pts and a future Hall member.
January 22
Elmer Lach, Bill Durnan, Mike Bossy and Serge Savard. No 1,000 point men but all Hall of Famers.
December 4
Alex Delvecchio 1,281pts, Dave Taylor 1,069pts & Rick Middleton 988pts. Only Delvecchio in the Hall.
December 28
Terry Sawchuk, Harry Howell, Ray Bourque. All Hall of Famers.
March 31

Gordie Howe, Pavel Bure & Bob Pulford. All Hall members.

October 5
Mario Lemieux and Patrick Roy. Tough to beat one of the top five skaters and goaltenders of all-time.

 In the end, we may have to go with January 22 as the greatest hockey birthdate mainly due to the fact that is the only one with four Hall of Famers born.


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