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1914:  Former NHL forward Rudy Ahlin born in Eveleth, MN.  Ahlin played in the NHL 1937-38 with Chicago.

1915: The MacNaughton Cup winning Saint Paul Athletic Club begins training at Lake Como in St. Paul, MN.

1938:  Former NHL goalie Carl Wetzel born in Detroit, Mich.  Wetzel played in the NHL 1964-65 through 1967-68 with Detroit and the inaugural Minnesota North Stars, and the inaugural Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA.  Wetzel later served as assistant coach with the North Stars.

1940:  The St. Paul Saints of the AHA announced the sale of Eveleth, MN Goaltender Sam LoPresti to the NHL Chicago Blackhawks for cash.  Sam would not be assigned to pro club until following season though and was assigned to Kansas City Americans.

1952:  Former NHL defenseman Lars Lindgren born in Pitea, Sweden.  Lindgren played in the NHL 1978-79 through 1983-84 with Vancouver and the Minnesota North Stars.

1970:  Minnesota goaltender Cesare Maniago recorded his 13th career shutout to lead the North Stars to a 1-0 win over the Penguins at Pittsburgh.  Jude Drouin scored the only goal, in the final period.

1979:  Steve Carlson scored two goals and an assist in first period to lead the Kings to a 7-4 win against Hartford.

1979:  Tim Young scored twice and added an assist to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 5-4 win against the Capitals, at Washington.

1981:  Rookie Neal Broten scored a goal and two assists to lead the North Stars to a 6-3 win over the Black Hawks in Minnesota.

1985:  Goaltender Reggie Lemelin recorded his 4th career shutout in the Flames' 5-0 win against the Kings, in Calgary.  Jim Peplinski and rookie Joel Otto each scored two goals and an assist.

1989:  Dave Gagner took 9 shots on goal for the Minnesota North Stars in a 4-2 loss vs Vancouver.

1990:  NHL left wing Kristopher Foucault born in Calgary, Alta.  Foucault has played in the NHL since 2011-12 with Minnesota Wild.

1992:  L.A. Kings rookie goalie Robb Stauber ran his record to 9-0-1 (and his winning streak to a team-record tying seven straight) when the Kings beat the Blues, 6-3 at the Forum.

2002:  Despite being outshot 38-23 by the Red Wings, Dwayne Roloson made 36 saves to lead the Wild to a 3-2 win at Detroit.

2002:  Rickard Wallin became just the third rookie in Minnesota Wild history to score a goal in his NHL debut, in a 3-2 victory at Detroit.

2007:  Mike Green scored at 3:41 of overtime and added two assists, and rookie Joe Motzko scored his first two goals of the season as the Capitals got their 4th victory in 5 games, 5-4 over the visiting New York Rangers.

2015:  The first ever professional Women's National Hockey League game played in the State of Minnesota between Minnesota Whitecaps and (NWHL) Boston Pride held at University of Minnesota Ridder Arena at 6:00p.m.  The same 2 teams also squared off the following day (December 13, 2015 at 1:00 at Ridder Arena).

2015:  The Minnesota Wild defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-0 on the road.  Minneapolis, MN native Zach Parise had 1 goal and 1 assist to earn the #1 Star of The Night.

2015:  St. Louis Blues forward (Spring Lake Park, MN native) David Backes had 1 goal and 1 assist to earn the #1 Star of the Night in the Blues 3-0 win over Dallas.

2015:  N.Y. Islander forward (St. Paul, MN native) Kyle Okposo had 2 goals and 1 assist to earn the #1 Star of the Night in the Islanders 3-2OT win vs. Columbus.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History