Sunday, February 3, 2013
February 3, 1977: Bernie Federko Scores His First NHL Goal
On February 3, 1977, a 19 year old Bernie Ferderko of the St. Louis Blues scored the first goal of his NHL career in a 5-4 loss to the Bruins in Boston. Ferderko had recorded an assist earlier in the contest giving him two points in the game. It was the beginning of a career that would lead to a Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Federko was one of the most underrated players of his time, despite his accomplishments he would only be selected to the All Star Game twice. Despite that fact his career would not be forgotten especially in St. Louis. In March of 1991 Federko's #24 was retired by the Blues and a statue of him stands outside of the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. In 2002 he received well deserved recognition as he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He played in exactly 1,000 games in the NHL, in those games he scored a grand total of 369 goals along with 761 assists bringing his point total to 1,130. Federko is still a part of St. Louis today, he does color commentating for the team and is a big part of the community, involving himself in local charities, always willing to lend himself to anything that he can help with. There are great athletes and great people Bernie Federko is both of those. As a St. Louisan I am proud to say that he not only played in this city, he become part of this city.