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Wayne Gretzky grabs a quick meal at a McDonald’s in Sault Ste. Marie during a 1978 photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky grabs a quick meal at a McDonald’s in Sault Ste. Marie during a 1978 photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky

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

Michigan State’s Magic Johnson dribbles the ball upcourt during a Feb. 1978 game against Ohio State. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

Michigan State’s Magic Johnson dribbles the ball upcourt during a Feb. 1978 game against Ohio State. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

O.J. Simpson takes a break during the 1978 filming of the movie Firepower. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: O.J. Simpson’s Fall From Grace

O.J. Simpson takes a break during the 1978 filming of the movie Firepower. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: O.J. Simpson’s Fall From Grace

New England Whalers forward Gordie Howe is presented with a 50th birthday cake before a 1978 game against the Cincinnati Stingers. The Whalers would leave the WHA the next season to join the NHL, where they stayed until moving to Carolina in 1997. (Tony Triolo/SI)

GALLERY: The NHL’s All-Time Oldest Players

New England Whalers forward Gordie Howe is presented with a 50th birthday cake before a 1978 game against the Cincinnati Stingers. The Whalers would leave the WHA the next season to join the NHL, where they stayed until moving to Carolina in 1997. (Tony Triolo/SI)
GALLERY: The NHL’s All-Time Oldest Players

The three referees assigned to this 1978 Sabres-Flyers playoff game certainly had their hands full. Buffalo, already down 1-0 in the best-of-seven series, drew even in the fight but would lose the game (3-2) and the series a few days later. (Manny Millan/SI)

GALLERY: Iconic Members of the Philadelphia Flyers

The three referees assigned to this 1978 Sabres-Flyers playoff game certainly had their hands full. Buffalo, already down 1-0 in the best-of-seven series, drew even in the fight but would lose the game (3-2) and the series a few days later. (Manny Millan/SI)
GALLERY: Iconic Members of the Philadelphia Flyers

Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw shows off his toothless grin during a 1978 game. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw shows off his toothless grin during a 1978 game. (Neil Leifer/SI)

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

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

Wes Unseld (43) guards Paul Silas during a 1978 Bullets-Sonics game. Silas was fired by Charlotte on Monday after coaching the Bobcats to the worst season in NBA history (7-59). (Peter Read Miller/SI)

ROSENBERG: Jordan to blame for Bobcats miserable season

Wes Unseld (43) guards Paul Silas during a 1978 Bullets-Sonics game. Silas was fired by Charlotte on Monday after coaching the Bobcats to the worst season in NBA history (7-59). (Peter Read Miller/SI)
ROSENBERG: Jordan to blame for Bobcats miserable season

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

North Carolina linebacker Lawrence Taylor rushes the quarterback during a 1978 game against Maryland. The Tar Heels were punished by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions Monday and received a one-year postseason ban and will eliminate 15 scholarships over the next three years. (Getty Images)

STAPLES: UNC case shows how reward still outweighs risk for cheating

North Carolina linebacker Lawrence Taylor rushes the quarterback during a 1978 game against Maryland. The Tar Heels were punished by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions Monday and received a one-year postseason ban and will eliminate 15 scholarships over the next three years. (Getty Images)
STAPLES: UNC case shows how reward still outweighs risk for cheating

 Canadiens winger Guy Lafleur stickhandles during a 1978 game against the Islanders. LaFleur played 17 seasons between 1971 and 1991, winning five Stanley Cups, three Art Ross Trophies, two Hart Memorial Trophies and one Conn Smythe Trophy. His number was retired by the Canadiens. (Manny Millan/SI)  

SI VAULT: LaFleur giving Montreal a chance at winning (3.22.76)

 Canadiens winger Guy Lafleur stickhandles during a 1978 game against the Islanders. LaFleur played 17 seasons between 1971 and 1991, winning five Stanley Cups, three Art Ross Trophies, two Hart Memorial Trophies and one Conn Smythe Trophy. His number was retired by the Canadiens. (Manny Millan/SI)  
SI VAULT: LaFleur giving Montreal a chance at winning (3.22.76)

Browns running back Greg Pruitt gets his helmet turned around by Jets DB Burgess Owens during a 1978 game between the two teams. (Tony Tomsic/SI)

Browns running back Greg Pruitt gets his helmet turned around by Jets DB Burgess Owens during a 1978 game between the two teams. (Tony Tomsic/SI)

Julius Erving and his wife Turquoise relax at their home in Babylon, NY during a 1978 SI photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: Best Hairstyles in Sports History
SI VAULT: Dr. J dominates on the court, but has no control off it (4.6.81)

Julius Erving and his wife Turquoise relax at their home in Babylon, NY during a 1978 SI photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: Best Hairstyles in Sports HistorySI VAULT: Dr. J dominates on the court, but has no control off it (4.6.81)

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)

NHL PREVIEW: Northeast | Atlantic | Southeast | Northwest | Pacific | Central
HACKEL: Key issues facing all 30 NHL teams on eve of season opener
VIDEO: Ovechkin, Kesler, Phaneuf and others speak out on head shots in NHL
TRUTH & RUMORS: No captain for Avalanche? | Crosby has mixed emotions



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)
NHL PREVIEW: Northeast | Atlantic | Southeast | Northwest | Pacific | CentralHACKEL: Key issues facing all 30 NHL teams on eve of season openerVIDEO: Ovechkin, Kesler, Phaneuf and others speak out on head shots in NHLTRUTH & RUMORS: No captain for Avalanche? | Crosby has mixed emotions