With one of my recent used book purchases, 'Hockey's Book of Firsts' by James Duplacey, I've become inspired to post a few 'Did You Know' posts.
You know........Did You Know?
Maybe not. After all, it's been well over a year since I last posted one.
But I loved finding a neat story in the book and then trying to hunt down a card that represented the accomplishment.
And if the name Tom Bladon doesn't ring a bell (or what his achievement might be), then this post, and Mr. Duplacey's book, will have served it's purpose.
This excerpt comes straight from the book...
"Tom Bladon had a night for the ages and a slot for the record book on December 11, 1977, when he recorded four goals and added four assists in the Philadelphia Flyers' 11-1 whipping of the Cleveland Barons. Since Bladon finished the season with only 11 goals and 35 points, he collected 25% of his season's output in a single game!"
Wow. That's quite a night.
Now, why did I show you a Penguins card from a couple years later?
There have only been a handful of players to ever score 8 points in a game (13 to be exact) and Mario Lemieux is the only one to have done it three times (Gretzky did it twice). The majority of these 8-point games came in the 80's when scoring was at an all-time high.
That's what makes Bladon's accomplishment even more impressive. Up until he has his historic night, only three players ever....EVER had scored eight in a game. Maurice Richard in the 40's, Bert Olmstead in the 50's and Darryl Sittler's incredible 10-point game in '76.
They remain the only two D-men to have scored 8 in a game.
But there was only one to do it first.
note: in doing some additional research, I learned that Bladon was a +10 on the night, a record at the time and one that still stands to this day. So that's like two Did You Know's for the price of one. You're welcome.