This week in Detroit sports history: Howe and Yzerman reach milestones

Teammates and coach Scotty Bowman congratulate Steve Yzerman after he scored the 500th goal of his career on January 17, 1996.

Here’s what happened this week in Detroit sports history.

Yzerman reaches 500 goals

On January 17, 1996, Steve Yzerman scores the 500th goal of his career in a game against the Colorado Avalanche with Patrick Roy in the net. The Wings win the contest, 3-2.

Gordie Howe becomes NHL’s top scorer

On January 17, 1960, Gordie Howe scores two goals and records an assist and passes Maurice “Rocket” Richard for most points in NHL history, with 950. Howe is only 31 when he passes Richard, who is playing his final season with Montreal.

Gordie nets #100

On January 17, 1951. on “Maurice Richard Night” in Montreal, Gordie Howe scores the 100th goal of his NHL career.

Tiger owner Walter Briggs dies

On January 17, 1952, Tigers’ owner Walter O. Briggs Sr. dies in Detroit. The control of the team passes to his son, Walter O. “Spike” Briggs Jr.



About Dan Holmes

The editor of Detroit Athletic Co. blog, is the author of Ty Cobb: A Biography. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, and worked for Major League Baseball as a web producer. He contributed to Sock it to 'Em Tigers: The Incredible Story of the 1968 Detroit Tigers, and Deadball Stars of the American League. Follow him on Twitter at @thedanholmes or visit his personal blog at