The NHL Goal Pucks Program, the first authenticated game-used program known in professional sports, ran during the 1972-73 and 1973-74 NHL seasons.
Pucks were removed from the nets and lifted from the games by the on-ice officials after goals were scored. The goal scorers were identified, stickers with the relevant information was applied to one side of each puck, and the pucks were offered publicly to hockey fans and collectors via advertisements in printed publications.
This puck was used to score a goal by Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins during the 1973-74 National Hockey League regular season.
This was his 26th of the season and 424th goal of his career.
The goal was scored in the Boston Bruins' 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on December 8, 1973. The goal was an even-strength goal at 3:58 of the first period. It was assisted by Ken Hodge and Wayne Cashman.