The first NHL penalty point

On November 13, 1934, the National Hockey League’s first ever penalty shot was scored by Ralph Bowman of the St. Louis Eagles.

Bowman scored the only goal for the Eagles in the 2-1 overtime loss against the Montreal Maroons. He started his career with the 1932-33 season when he played for the Niagara Falls Cataracts in the Ontario Hockey Association. The next season he moved up in the hockey world by playing for the Ottawa Senators. The Senators moved to St. Louis and were renamed the Eagles following the season. He played for the Eagles to start the 1934-35 season and finished it off with the Detroit Red Wings. While he was with the team he played in 17 playoff games and scored six of his eight regular season goals and both of his post season goals.  During the 1939-40 season he was sent to the minor league and remained there until his retirement following the 1942-43 season.

The Eagles lasted one season in the NHL. The team played 48 games and won 11 lost 31 and went into overtime six times. The team finished last in end of season standings. The hockey club is still in existence today and competes in a men’s 20 and up league. The team prides its self in being the cities longest running hockey club.


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