We have all been there.
The day you open your browser and see your team’s banner in the news.
The news that the team you follow is doing well.
The new home arena opening in your city.
The game-day jerseys you’re given at the bar.
And of course, the first game of the season.
The Hockey Hall of Fame was born on January 1, 1974.
That’s when the first season of the NHL was held.
That was the day when the NHL decided to open a franchise in Calgary, Canada.
The city had a long history of producing NHL stars.
There were some players from the team that had already played in the NHL, but not many.
And so it was that on January 2, 1974, the Calgary Flames played their first game at the new stadium, the Saddledome.
And there was just one person who really got to see it.
It was Calgary Flames goalie John Copeland.
He was one of the few Flames players who could play for the Calgary organization, and he would often take home the trophy with him to the Saddle for every home game.
And that was all Copeland could do for years.
So how did Copeland, who was a goalie himself, get to be the first person to win the Hart Memorial Trophy?
Well, the NHL would eventually award the trophy to the goaltender who played most of the games.
And that is how we got to the day where John Copel was honored as the first goalie in NHL history to win it.
In 1975, the Hart Trophy was awarded to the NHL’s best goaltender.
The Hart Trophy is awarded to a player who has played at least 50 games in the regular season and 100 games in a postseason, and has played in at least 10 of the teams playoffs.
The player must also have been named to the All-Star Team.
It is a trophy given to the player who, in his career, has earned the most career wins, shutouts and points for the NHL.
And the winner of the Hart is then honored with a statue outside the Saddling, the new hockey arena that opened in 1976.
In 1978, the award was moved to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and is currently in the National Hockey Hall Museum in Canton, Ohio.
Copeland was inducted into the Hockey’s Hall Of Famers on May 14, 2018.
The NHL announced that Copeland would be inducted on May 15, 2018 at the start of the 2017-18 NHL season.
In the announcement, the league explained that it was inspired by Copeland’s legacy of playing at the highest level in the sport, not just during his career.
“John Copel, a consummate professional and one of hockey’s greats, died on Friday, May 14 at age 88, the oldest person to ever win the NHL Hart Memorial and Conn Smythe Trophies,” the announcement read.
In addition, the Hall of Honor will feature a statue of Copel on the exterior of the building, a plaque on the interior of the stadium and the Hall’s official website will provide additional information. “
The NHL Hall of Famers, the Hockey Writers Association of America, the National Basketball Association and the National Soccer Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, among others, will all be in attendance to honor John Copels legacy in Cooper.
He retired as the franchise’s all-time leader in wins (769), shutouts (1270), games played (3,955), shutout-less (0) and career goals (2,632).””
Copeland led the Flames to their first Stanley Cup in 1975, his first with the club, and his first as the team’s captain.
He retired as the franchise’s all-time leader in wins (769), shutouts (1270), games played (3,955), shutout-less (0) and career goals (2,632).”
Copeland’s achievements were overshadowed by the legendary Bobby Hull, but his legacy of winning at the NHL level will live on for years to come.
He played with the Calgary Stampeders and the San Jose Sharks before becoming an All-Stars captain in 1981.
He led the Calgary team to a Stanley Cup championship in 1982, the most successful season in team history, and in 1984, was inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Champions.
He also became a member of the Hockey Scouts Hall of Honour and the NHL Hall Of Famer’s All-Time Team.
“For a full list of the winners and the finalists, visit www.NHL.com/honor.”