** FROM NY ISLANDERS FIRST-EVER WIN OVER THE MONTREAL CANADIENS **
In 1972, the founders of a company named Hockey Diversified Inc. envisioned that each puck shot into the net to produce an official goal scored in an NHL hockey game would develop a degree of intrinsic collector value for hockey fans everywhere. The founders took this idea to the NHL and procured the rights to all such NHL pucks during regular season and playoff games for a period of five years. Pucks shot into the net for a goal were collected by the referees, given to the time keepers to label and then shipped to Hockey Diversified to further label with scoring details. The pucks were then marketed to the public by Hockey Diversified Inc. Unfortunately this idea was ahead of its time and pucks sold poorly. The program lasted only two seasons, 1972-1973 and 1973-74. Hockey Diversified Inc. dissolved shortly thereafter.
This puck was used by EDDIE WESTFALL to score the Islanders 133rd goal of the season during the Islanders 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on February 19, 1974 at the Nassau Coliseum. The goal was assisted by Bobby Nystrom and Jean Potvin. It was Westfall’s 16th goal of the season and 157th of his career.
The Islanders logo shows expected surface wear with a small chip within the logo. The Goal Puck label shows wear.
This victory was the first ever for the Islanders over the Canadiens. In just their second year in the NHL, wins were few and far between for the Islanders!