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June 10th, 2008, 04:04 PM
The Bill Sutherland thread got me intriqued on this. I think it would be neat to have a collection of players that scored the first goal in Franchise history. I've put a lot of search time into this yet, but the knowledgable group we have here I'm sure some the list would be easy to come up with. Here is what I found so far. Any help is appreciated.

Current Teams
Anahiem Ducks - Hill, Sean
Atlanta Thrashers - Buchberger, Kelly
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres - Watson, Jim - DONE
Calgary Flames - Chouinard, Guy
Carolina Hurricanes - Dineen, Kevin
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche - Kamensky, Valeri
Columbus BlueJackets - Gardiner, Bruce - DONE
Dallas Stars - Broten, Neal
Detroit Redwings
Edmonton Oilers - Lowe, Kevin - DONE
Florida Panthers - Mellanby, Scott - DONE
Los Angeles Kings - Kilrea, Brian
Minnesota Wild - Gaborik, Marian - DONE
Montreal Canadiens
Nashville Predators - Brunette, Andrew - DONE
New Jersey Devils - Lever, Don
New York Islanders - Westfall, Ed - DONE
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators - Brady, Neil
Philidelphia Flyers - Sutherland, Bill
Phoenix Coyotes - Gartner, Mike
Pittsburgh Penguins - Bathgate, Andy
San Jose Sharks - Bruce, David
St Louis Blues - Keenan, Larry
Tampa Bay Lightning - Kontos, Chris - DONE
Toronto Maple Leafs - Patterson, George
Vancouver Canucks - Wilkins, Barry - DONE
Washington Capitals - Hrycuik, Jim
Defunct Teams
Atlanta Flames
Cleveland Barons
Colorado Rockies - Skinner, Larry
Hartford Whalers (NHL) - Roberts, Gordie (1st), Dineen, Kevin (Last)
Hartford Whalers (WHA) - Williams, Tommy
Kansas City Scouts - Nolet, Simon
Minnesota North Stars - Masterton, Bill
New York Americans
Oakland Seals - Douglas, Kent
Quebec Nordiques (WHA) - Lacombe, Francois
Quebec Nordiques (NHL) - ?(First) - Forsberg, Peter (last)
Winnipeg jets (NHL) - Lukowich, Moris(First) - DONE, MacIver,Norm (Last) - DONE
Winnipeg Jets (WHA) - McDonald, Ab (First), Lindstrom, Willy (Last)
Edmonton Oilers (WHA) - ?(First), Semenko, Dave (Last...Last ever WHA goal!)

June 10th, 2008, 05:06 PM
Kent Douglas scored the Seals 1st goal

June 10th, 2008, 05:57 PM
I think Morris Lukowich scored the Jets first NHL goal

June 10th, 2008, 06:08 PM
Ab McDonald scored the Jets first goal in the W.H.A., as for the NHL the game was on Oct. 10/79 vs Pittsburgh Penguins.

June 10th, 2008, 07:11 PM
According to his 1972-73 OPC card, Barry Wilkins scored the first goal in Canucks history.

June 10th, 2008, 07:29 PM
Don Lever for the N.J. Devils

Don Lever put the puck in the net, celebrated for a moment, and then realized, ‘Wait a minute, this puck represents history.’ When the first Devils’ captain scored the team’s first-ever goal on October 5, 1982 in a 3-3 tie against Pittsburgh, pro hockey in New Jersey had officially arrived. Lever reached into the net, grabbed the puck, and the celebration was on.

stratford streak
June 10th, 2008, 08:10 PM
Ottawa 67's coach Brian "Killer" Kilrea scored the first goal in franchise history for the Los Angeles Kings.


June 10th, 2008, 10:45 PM
david bruce i believe his name is ,, scored the sharks first goal

June 10th, 2008, 10:57 PM
October 10, 1970 Sabres over the Penguins 2-1.
First goal Jim Watson, second goal Gilbert Perreault.

June 11th, 2008, 09:47 AM
I found some more as well and I've updated the list at the begining of the thread. There are still a few more to go. Thanks for all of the help.

June 11th, 2008, 12:58 PM
I could have sworn the Preds' first goal was Sergei Krivokrasov.

June 11th, 2008, 10:34 PM
Sean Hill for the Anaheim Ducks.This comes from their media guide.One of the few that actually listed this info. I looked thru guides for all the teams you hadn't found yet and this is the only one I found.

June 14th, 2008, 10:29 AM
Johnny Sheppard scored the Wings first goal Nov. 20, 1926 but they were called the Cougars then. He scored it against the Pitts. Pirates in Pittsburgh.

June 14th, 2008, 11:26 AM
I got my facts crossed on the first Detroit goal. It was scored by Slim Halderson a defenseman. The first home goal was by Frank Fredrickson and the first Olympia goal was John Sheppard.
Sorry about the mistake.

June 21st, 2008, 10:15 PM
Moving with the team to Texas in 1993, Neal Broten scored the first-ever goal in Dallas Stars history on October 5, 1993 against Detroit.

June 28th, 2008, 12:57 AM
Knew this one awhile ago and forgot to post it.
George Patterson scored the leafs first NHL goal.

July 10th, 2008, 02:25 PM
I found a few more and updated them on the first post....just a few more to go. They are getting harder and harder to find. I can't believe that no one has been able to find who scored the first goal for the Avalanche.

July 10th, 2008, 03:42 PM
Valeri Kamensky had the first goal for the Avalanche

July 10th, 2008, 03:44 PM
According to following site, Valeri Kamenski scored for the first goal. See site for other firsts. Kamenski actually had 2 of the 3 goals that led to a 3-2 win over Detriot. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/scores95/95279/95279322.htm

July 10th, 2008, 11:43 PM
Norm MacIver scored the last goal for the NHL Jets. Anyone know where he is?

July 11th, 2008, 12:09 AM
Try this:

2119 Ponderosa Cir
Duluth, MN

I saw recent success

July 11th, 2008, 09:51 AM
Thanks, I'll let you know how it goes.

July 13th, 2008, 09:31 PM
according to Wikipedia..........

"Despite problems with the ice plant that threatened the home opener the Bruins started the season out auspiciously, defeating their fellow expansion (Montreal) Maroons squad in a nearly soldout Boston Arena 2-1; the first goal in franchise history was scored by Smokey Harris, while Carson Cooper, who assisted on Harris' goal, scored the game winner."

This was in November 1924. The Bruins were the first NHL expansion team, and the first US-based team. They only managed 6 wins that first season.

Lauri from Tacoma