On This Date 2/29/1980

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Gordie Howe, playing in his final season with the Hartford Whalers, sets one last milestone, becoming the first player to reach 800 goals in NHL history. Howe’s goal comes in the third period as the Whalers leap over the St. Louis Blues 3-0 at the Hartford Civic Center. Gordie Howe would score just once more before calling it a career with a record 801 goals.

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