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1934:  John Muckler born in Midland, Ontario. Muckler coached in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars, Edmonton, Buffalo,and the NY Rangers, and also served as G.M. of Buffalo and Ottawa.

1939:  Former NHL defenseman Darryl Sly born in Collingwood, Ont. Sly played in the NHL 1965-66 through 1970-71 with Toronto, the Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver.

1967:  Former NHL forward Brent Gilchrist born in Moose Jaw, Sask. Gilchrist played in the NHL 1988-89 through 2002-03 with the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton, the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas, Detroit and Nashville.

1979:  Minnesota North Stars defeated the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at Met Center to close out the 1979 home-game season.  The starting line-up for the home-town North Stars featured an All-Minnesota born line-up (the first time in NHL History this occurred) with Bill Butters, Jack Carlson, Pete LoPresti, Mike Polich, Gary Sargent and Tom Younghans.

1985:  Dino Ciccarelli scored a goal and added three assists in the Minnesota North Stars' 9-7 win over Toronto at the Met Center.

1991:  Lou Nanne resigned from the Minnesota North Stars after 23 years with the franchise as a Player, Coach and GM.  Nanne agreed to stay until the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

1993:  Goaltender Jon Casey recorded his 12th career shutout to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 3-0 win over the Kings at Los Angeles.

1993:  Rookie defenseman Doug Zmolek scored once and picked up 13 penalty minutes and Dave Maley added 25 PIM for the Sharks in a 3-2 overtime loss to visiting Calgary.

2007:  Minnesota's rookie goalie Niklas Backstrom recorded his 4th career shutout as the Wild won 3-0 over the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Mikko Koivu scored his 20th goal, giving the Wild four players with at least 20 goals for the first time in franchise history.

2008:  Minnesota's Marian Gaborik, the only player left from the franchise's inaugural team, scored twice in the third period and had an assist to help the Wild clinch their first Northwest Division title, with a 3-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.

2008:  Minnesota's Jacques Lemaire became the 12th NHL coach to record 500 career victories as the Wild clinched their first Northwest Division Title with a 3-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.

2008:  Edmonton's Tom Gilbert became the first rookie defenseman in team history to play all 82 games in one season; the reached the mark in a 2-1 win at Vancouver.

2009:  Minnesota Wild scored three goals on 10 shots in the first period and Niklas Backstrom recorded his 17th career shutout for a 4-0 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.

2009:  Minnesota's Marek Zidlicky set a team record for defensemen with his 29th assist of the year, in a 4-0 win over the visiting Flames; he broke the mark of 28 set by Brent Burns in 2007-08.

2010:  Defenseman Jordan Leopold scored his first goal as a member of the Penguins at 3:50 of overtime to give the team a 4-3 win over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers.

2013:  Minnesota Wild obtained goaltender Jeff Deslauriers from Anaheim in exchange for future considerations.

2013:  Buffalo traded Jason Pominville and the Sabres' 4th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to Minnesota for Johan Larsson, Matt Hackett, the Wild's 1st-round pick in 2013 and 2nd-round pick in 2014.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History