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1930:  Duluth State Teacher's College (Pedagogues, later named Bulldogs) announced that intercollegiate ice hockey would be added to the institution's varsity sports program.

1967:  Wayne Connelly and Bill Masterton scored two goals in a team-record span of :26 and Ray Cullen added a goal and two assists to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 7-4 win over the Penguins at Pittsburgh.

1969:  Danny Grant scored a goal and added three assists and Barry Gibbs had three assists as the Minnesota North Stars set a team record for most goals in a game, in an 8-5 win over Chicago at the Met Center.

1969:  Minnesota North Stars set a franchise record for fastest three goals when Bill Goldsworthy (twice in a team record :11) and Claude Larose combined to score in a span of 1:17 in an 8-5 win over Chicago at the Met Center.

1971:  The Economic Development Administration made a grant of $666,400 to the City of Eveleth for the construction of US Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Eveleth, MN.

1979:  Minnesota North Stars traded Per-Olov Brasar to Vancouver in exchange for Canucks’ 2nd round pick, Mike Sands, in 1981 Entry Draft. 

1980:  Jordy Douglas and Warren Miller each had two goals and an assist as the Hartford Whalers won 8-5 against the Jets, at Winnipeg.

1986:  The St. Paul Vulcans become the first American hockey team, amateur or professional, to play in Hungary.  Playing in a 10,000 seat outdoor arena in Budapest, the Vulcans lose to the Hungarian National team.

1997:  Neal Broten, Max McNab, Peter Karmanos and John Mayasich were named 1998 recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

2002:  Minnesota Wild scored three times on five second-period shots for a 5-3 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

2007:  Matt Niskanen set a Dallas Stars franchise record for rookie defensemen with three points (a goal and two assists) in a 5-4 overtime win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

2007:  Sports Illustrated Magazine author - Michael Farber dethroned the motor city and handed the mythical title to St. Paul, MN.  Detroit lost it's designation as Hockeytown USA largely due to lackluster attendance at Red Wings games and waning interest in hockey in Michigan's largest city.  St. Paul, Farber wrote, is "hockey's epicenter in the U.S. mainly because of the Minnesota Wild, a franchise that goes out of it's way to be respectful of the game, its fans and the countless hockey players across the State." 

2009:  Niklas Backstrom recorded his first shutout of the season (the 18th of his career) and Antti Miettinen scored the only goal of the game as the Minnesota Wild beat the Avalanche 1-0 in Colorado.

2013:  St. Paul, MN native Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal with 1:37 remaining in regulation then scored the shootout winner to help the Islanders end their 10 game losing streak (0-8-2) with a 3-2 victory at San Jose.

2014:  Minnesota Wild Defensemen Marco Scandella was suspended two games after an NHL in-person hearing for his illegal check to the head of N.Y. Islanders - Warroad, MN native Brock Nelson.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History