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1972:  Let's Play Hockey Newspaper was introduced to the Minnesota hockey landscape.  Founded by the late Bob Utecht, former rink-side announcer of the MN North Stars, Let's Play Hockey celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2012.

1972:  Goaltender Cesare Maniago recorded his 23rd career shutout as the North Stars extended their team-record home winning streak to 8 straight games, with a 7-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.  Warroad, MN native Henry Boucha made his 1st professional appearance in Minnesota with Detroit Red Wings in the loss.

1975:  Minnesota North Stars traded Henry Boucha to the Kansas City Scouts in exchange for Scouts’ 2nd round pick in the 1978 Amateur Draft (Steve Christoff).

1978:  Minnesota goaltender Gilles Meloche recorded his 13th career shutout in the North Stars' 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies at the Met Center.

1981:  Minnesota's Dino Ciccarelli scored his 4th career hat trick in the North Stars' 6-6 tie against Montreal.

1982:  Neal Broten scored twice and added four assists in the North Stars' 9-6 win against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

1984:  Washington's Bob Mason recorded the only shutout of his NHL career, and the Capitals' first ever against Detroit, with a 4-0 win over the visiting Red Wings.

1986:  Clark Gillies and Phil Housley each scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Sabres to a 5-5 tie at Detroit.

1988:  N.Y. Rangers re-obtained defenseman Mark Hardy from the North Stars six months after trading him there.  To get him back, they gave up Larry Bernard and a 1989 5th round pick.

1989:  Shane Churla picked up 24 penalty minutes for the Minnesota North Stars in a 3-1 loss vs Detroit.

1992:  Former Minnesota North Stars defenseman, Gordie Roberts became the 1st American born player to appear in 1,000 NHL games. Roberts, playing for the Boston Bruins, collected 1 assist on an Adam Oates goal in Bruibs 5-2 loss vs. Buffalo Sabres.

1993:  The Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators played a "neutral site regular season NHL game" at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  The game marked the 1st ever appearance by the Dallas Stars in Minnesota since departing for Texas at the end of the 1992-1993 season.  Dallas won 6-1 with goals from Mike Modano (2), Dave Gagner (2), Paul Cavallini (1) and Dave Barr (1).  The game had some "12,000 empty seats - but attendance was announced as 14,058 meaning there were supposedly only some 3,800 empty, no way, not even close" reported the local media for the game. "Fans came out to cheer the team, and to chant "NORM SUCKS" loudly the entire game in Minneapolis one more time".

2003:  Despite being outshot 32-19 by the visiting Calgary Flames, Manny Fernandez made 31 saves and Andrei Zyuzin scored a goal and added an assist in the second period to lead the Wild to a 2-1 victory.

2003:  Phoenix Coyotes acquired defenseman Chris Dyment from the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Michael Schutte.

2006:  Minnesota's Mark Parrish became just the second Minnesota-born player to get a hat trick in a game in his own state, capped by the winning goal at 3:18 of overtime as the Wild won 5-4 against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

2010:  Rangers' rookie defenseman Michael Sauer scored his first career NHL goal - and it proved to be the game winner in a 5-3 victory at Ottawa.

2010:  Marek Zidlicky became the 4th defenseman to score 100 points as a member of the Minnesota Wild; he reached the milestone with an assist in a 3-2 victory at Phoenix.

2011:  Minneapolis, MN native Dustin Byfuglien scored just :34 into the game and Robbinsdale native Blake Wheeler picked up three assists to lead the Jets to a 4-2 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes.

2014:  San Jose Sharks goaltender - South St. Paul, MN native Alex Stalock made 25 saves in the Sharks 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers to earn the #1 Star of the Night.

2014:  In the Minnesota Wild vs. N.Y. Islanders game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN - eight Minnesota born natives played in the game including: Minnesota Wild - Zach Parise, Ryan Carter, Keith Ballard, Nate Prosser & N.Y. Islanders - Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Kyle Okposo & Nick Leddy.  The game marked the 1st time this many Minnesota born players squared off against one another in NHL history, and the first time 4 former MN Mr. Hockey finalists played in the same NHL game including: Anders Lee, Nick Leddy, Brock Nelson & Ryan Carter.

2014:  In the Minnesota Wild vs. N.Y. Islanders game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, Keith Ballard was hit in the game as he turned away from N.Y. Islanders Matt Martin after making a pass.  Ballard's head struck a glass partition and as he fell his head bounced off the ice. He lay motionless for a few minutes before being able to the leave the ice on his own. Ballard suffered a concussion and multiple facial fractures as of a result, and was taken to St. Paul, Regions Hospital for evaluation and observation and released the next day.  The game marked the final game for Keith as he never returned to the ice, suffering from post concussion syndrome.

2014:  Minnesota Wild defeated the N.Y. Islanders 5-4 in regulation after trailing by 3 goals entering the 3rd period. Per Elias Sports Bureau this was the 1st time in franchise history the Minnesota Wild won trailing by 3 goals.  Winning goaltender, Niklas Backstrom was playing in his 400th NHL game.

2021:  American hockey contributors Jack Barzee, and 'Godmother of Minnesota Womens Hockey' - Lynn Olson were honored as recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, for service to hockey in the United States.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History