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December 28th

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1933:  The original Hibbing Memorial building was destroyed following a fire, which started at 1:15 a.m. that was later found out to be due to defective wiring.

1969:  Charlie Burns took over as the Minnesota North Stars coach, replacing Wren Blair.  Two months later he suited up again, and became the final player/coach in NHL history.

1972:  North Stars defeated Montreal 3-2 to extend their team record home winning streak to 11 games.

1973:  Dennis Hextall had three assists to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 5-2 win over the Canucks at Vancouver.

1976:  Minnesota rookie Glen Sharpley and Bill Fairbairn each scored a goal and added two assists to lead the North Stars to an 8-3 win over the Kings at the Met Center.

1981:  Defenseman Brad Maxwell scored twice and added an assist to lead the North Stars to a 4-4 tie with the Colorado Rockies, in Minnesota.  This game was to be the 1st NHL face-off for the Broten brothers (Neal & Aaron) but was not to be, as Neal was injured in the previous game and was in a cast.   The contest marked the first Minnesota homecoming as a professional for Aaron; and homecoming for Rockies team-mate Joe Micheletti.

1982:  Dave Christian scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-4 tie, at Vancouver.

1983:  Craig Hartsburg scored a goal and added two assists to lead the North Stars to an 8-6 win over the Maple Leafs in Minnesota.

1984:  Tom Barrasso recorded his fourth NHL shutout (and second in a row) as the Sabres beat Winnipeg 4-0, to extend their home undefeated streak against the Jets to 10 games (9-0-1).  Phil Housley scored a goal and two assists.

1986:  Neal Broten scored a 'pure' hat trick (for his 5th career hat trick) as the Minnesota North Stars lost 5-4 to the Jets, at Winnipeg.

1989:  The Minnesota North Stars battled to a 1-1 tie at Chicago.  Both North Stars Shane Churla & Chicago Wayne Van Dorp were slapped with 10-game suspensions and $500 fines.  North Stars Basil McRae was also fined $800 and suspended for 5 games.  Other players who were fined in the ensuing pre-game melee for $500 by league were: Mark Tinordi, Dave Mackey, Dirk Graham, Bob McGill and Duane Sutter.  Needless to say the tempers had not cooled for the actual game once the puck dropped, as referee Dan Marouelli handed out 132 penalty minutes in all, including 50 in the 1st period alone.   North Stars enforcer Basil McRae picked up 30 penalty minutes in all.

2000:  St. Louis Blues acquired Dan Trebil from the Pittsburgh Penguins, in exchange for Marc Bergevin.

2002:  Trent Klatt and Todd Bertuzzi each had two goals as the Canucks scored on 5 of its first 11 shots, 7-3 win against the visiting Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

2002:  Antti Laaksonen scored at 19:04 of the final period to give the Wild a 4-3 win at Buffalo.

2005:  Randy Robitaille and Marian Gaborik scored on the Wild's first two shots to lead Minnesota to a 4-2 win against the Oilers at Edmonton.

2007:  Zach Parise scored the only goal in the shootout as the Devils won 2-1 against the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

2008:  Chicago Blackhawks set a franchise record with their ninth straight victory, 4-1 at Minnesota.  Dustin Byfuglien led the scoring with two goals and two assists and became the first Minnesota native to score four point against the Wild at home.

2009:  Minnesota Wild tied a team record with their 10th victory of the month, a 4-3 win in Los Angeles.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History