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December 3rd

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1960:  Former NHL defenseman Mike Ramsey born in Minneapolis, MN.  Ramsey played in the NHL 1979-80 thru 1996-97 with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.  He later became an assistant coach with Buffalo and the Minnesota Wild.

1967:  Ray Cullen scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 4-3 win over the Black Hawks at Chicago.

1969:  Ray Cullen scored his first career NHL hat trick, and added an assist as the Minnesota North Stars tied 5-5 with Toronto, at the Met Center.

1975:  Former NHL defenseman Curtis Murphy born in Kerrobert, Sask.  Murphy played in the NHL 2002-03 with the Minnesota Wild.

1983:  Dino Ciccarelli, Neal Broten and Brian Bellows each scored twice as the Minnesota North Stars won 6-2 against the Bruins, at Boston.

1985:  Tony McKegney scored his 4th career hat trick (and his first with Minnesota) and added an assist to lead the North Stars to a 9-2 win against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

1988:  Bob Brooke assisted on three shorthanded goals in the second period (including two by Neal Broten in 2:10) as the Minnesota North Stars won 4-2 against the Whalers, at Hartford.

1989 : Mike Gartner scored his 14th career hat trick (and his first with Minnesota) as the North Stars lost 6-5 to the Canucks, at Vancouver.

1991:  Minnesota North Stars named Mark Tinordi as their new team captain.

1992:  Minnesota North Stars extended their team-record road winning streak to 6 straight games, with a 4-2 win, at Detroit.

1997:  Martha Larson became the first female CFO in NHL history when she was named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the newly appointed Minnesota Hockey Ventures Group, LP NHL expansion team (Minnesota Wild).

2003:  Manny Fernandez was in goal as the Minnesota Wild picked up their first shutout against the Oilers, a 1-0 victory in Edmonton.  It was his 9th career shutout.

2005:  Curtis Leschyshyn officially announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons with Quebec, Colorado Avalanche, Washington, Hartford, Carolina, Minnesota Wild and Ottawa.

2008:  Minnesota's Eric Belanger scored his 100th career NHL goal, Andrew Brunette scored his 200th NHL goal and Niklas Backstrom recorded his third shutout of the season (12th of his career) in a 4-0 win over the visiting St. Louis Blues.

2009:  Carlo Colaiacovo scored a shorthanded goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game, then T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald scored in the shootout to give the Blues a 3-2 win over the Sharks in San Jose.

2014:  Jason Zucker scored 19 seconds after the opening faceoff start the Wild on their way to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

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