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Valentine’s Day sports history

By Justin Webster | Feb 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day is for lovers, sports lovers! Here are some fun facts from the day that Hallmark built.

 

1934 - The NHL held its first All-Star Game as a benefit for injured NHL star Ace Bailey. Toronto played against a team of All-Stars from the seven other teams in the league.

1966 - Rick Mount of Lebanon, IN, became the first high school, male athlete to be pictured on the cover of “Sports Illustrated”.

1966 - Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers set a National Basketball Association record when he reached a career high of 20,884 points after seven NBA seasons.

1966 - CBS bought the rights to the NFL’s 1966 and 1967 Championship Games for $2 million per game.

1977 - Al Hill (Philadelphia Flyers) scored five points, 2 goals and 3 assists, in his first NHL game.

1979 - Twenty-year-old rookie, Don Maloney (New York Rangers) scored his first goal in the National Hockey League. It came on his first NHL shot.

1988 - Bobby Allison became the oldest driver to win NASCAR’s Daytona 500.

1989 - Mike Tyson and Robin Givens were divorced.

1990 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) ended his 46-game scoring streak. The streak was the second-longest in NHL history.

2002 - Greco Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner was stranded 17 hours outside in temperatures that reached 25 below zero. When he was found his body temperature was 88 and his feet were frozen. On March 28, 2002, Gardner had the middle two toes on his right foot amputated due to frostbite.

2003 - A Florida judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Jose Canseco. Canseco had violated his probation that stemmed from a nightclub brawl in 2001. On March 17, he was sentenced to two years of house arrest and three years of probation.

2004 - Sean Burke (Philadelphia Flyers) got his 300th win. Burke was the 20th goalie to reach the milestone.

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