On this date in 1989, Mike Richter made his regular season NHL debut for the Rangers in a 7-3 victory over the Hartford Whalers at Madison Square Garden. Interestingly it was not Richter's first NHL game, however. Richter's first-ever appearance in the NHL came in Game 4 of the Division Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 9 of 1989. Richter and the Rangers lost that contest 4-3 at The Garden and were eliminated by the Pens. But the win on October 19, 1989 was the first of Richter's Rangers-record 301 victories.