On this day in 1978, Mike Bossy became the first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season. And 30 years ago today, Bossy became the first NHL player to score 60 goals in three consecutive seasons. He scored 53 goals as a rookie in 1977-78, the first of his nine straight 50-plus seasons that included four Stanley Cups. Bossy was the 1982 Conn Smythe-winner, and his career average of .762 goals per game is the highest percentage in NHL history. (B. Bennett/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Mike Bossy

On this day in 1978, Mike Bossy became the first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season. And 30 years ago today, Bossy became the first NHL player to score 60 goals in three consecutive seasons. He scored 53 goals as a rookie in 1977-78, the first of his nine straight 50-plus seasons that included four Stanley Cups. Bossy was the 1982 Conn Smythe-winner, and his career average of .762 goals per game is the highest percentage in NHL history. (B. Bennett/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Mike Bossy

Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana attempts a pass during the 1978 Cotton Bowl against Texas. The Fighting Irish are one of college football’s most popular teams, want to continue playing as an independent, but will that be possible in the NCAA’s proposed postseason? SI’s Andy Staples tackles this question in his latest piece.
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Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana attempts a pass during the 1978 Cotton Bowl against Texas. The Fighting Irish are one of college football’s most popular teams, want to continue playing as an independent, but will that be possible in the NCAA’s proposed postseason? SI’s Andy Staples tackles this question in his latest piece.

STAPLES: What postseason reform means for Notre Dame

Last night marked the final game the Nets will play in New Jersey before moving to their new home in Brooklyn next season. The franchise has seen many great players during its 35 years in the Garden State - Darryl Dawkins, Bernard King, Jason Kidd - to name a few. But few know that legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson spent his final two seasons in New Jersey as part of the Nets before retiring in 1980. (Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of New Jersey Nets Basketball

Last night marked the final game the Nets will play in New Jersey before moving to their new home in Brooklyn next season. The franchise has seen many great players during its 35 years in the Garden State - Darryl Dawkins, Bernard King, Jason Kidd - to name a few. But few know that legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson spent his final two seasons in New Jersey as part of the Nets before retiring in 1980. (Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of New Jersey Nets Basketball

In honor of the NHL season starting tonight, here’s an aerial view of a  1978 brawl between the Flyers and Sabres. (Manny Millan/SI)
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In honor of the NHL season starting tonight, here’s an aerial view of a 1978 brawl between the Flyers and Sabres. (Manny Millan/SI)

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