Thursday, February 1, 2018

Maple Leafs Players; First NHL Goal, Twice in one Game

Maple Leafs defencemen Travis Dermott and Justin Holl each scored their first NHL goal on January 31, 2018 against the Islanders. This was the first time Toronto had two players score their first ever goal in the same game in 33 years.
On January 16, 1985 in Los Angeles, rookies Bill Kitchen and Ken Strong each tallied their first NHL marker, the boxscore is below. In a strange coincidence, the two sets of first NHL goals were both scored consecutively, and each within about five minutes of each other. 
In addition, Justin Holl became the first Maple Leaf defenceman to score a goal in his first NHL game since Claire Alexander did it on November 30, 1974. Holl would add a goal the very next night in his second NHL game becoming the first Maple Leaf to score in his first two games since Daniel Marois did it in October 1988. Holl is also the first Maple Leaf defenceman EVER to score in each of his first two games.
Jan. 16, 1985

For Bill Kitchen this goal would prove to be the only one of his NHL career. He finished with 1 goal and 5 points over 29 games in 1984/85. He played the following season with AHL's St. Catherines Saints before retiring in 1986. Ken Strong had a far more prolific career than Kitchen, scoring a total of TWO goals over 11 NHL games. He also played for St.Catherines the following season before heading to play in the Austrian League for the next ten seasons. He represented Austria in two World Championships and the 1994 Olympics.

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