The Greatest, Weirdest, Most Amazing NHL Debuts of All Time
Hit the ice in the NHL for the first time with over 300 hockey stars
From Hall of Famers to lesser-known players, every one of the more than 7,700 NHLers skated in a first game. Many of these debuts are noteworthy because of a record that is plain amazing (Al Hill’s five points), a record most dubious (David Koci’s 42 penalty minutes), or an achievement never likely to be replicated (Larry Hillman gets his name on the Stanley Cup after just one shift). Prolific sports writer Andrew Podnieks’s comprehensive new book features more than 300 spectacular debuts, from 1917 to 2019, and hones in on great achievements and amazing exploits culled from each player’s first night of NHL stardom.
Andrew Podnieks is the bestselling author of more than 100 sports books, including Fast Ice: Superstars of the New NHL (2018). He has written extensively on the NHL and international hockey, and he sits on the IIHF’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Find him online at AndrewPodnieks.com.