1964: Former NHL defenseman David Shaw born in St. Thomas, Ont. Shaw played in the NHL 1982-83 through 1997-98 with Quebec, the New York Rangers, Edmonton, the Minnesota North Stars, Boston and Tampa Bay.
1966: A public contest is held, and the nickname North Stars was selected as Minnesota's first NHL hockey team name
1968: Former NHL defenseman Dan Keczmer born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Keczmer played in the NHL 1990-91 through 1999-00 with the Minnesota North Stars, Hartford, Calgary, Dallas and Nashville.
1971: Minnesota North Stars obtained Bob Nevin from the New York Rangers, in exchange for a player to be named later (Bobby Rousseau to the Rangers on 6/8/71).
1971: Minnesota North Stars traded Marshall Johnston to the Montreal Canadiens for Bob Murdoch to complete transaction that sent Danny Grant and Claude Larose to the Minnesota North Stars (6/10/68).
1984: NHL center Kyle Brodziak born in St. Paul, Alta. Brodziak has played in the NHL since 2005-06 with Edmonton and the Minnesota Wild.
1991: Mario Lemieux scored a goal and 3 assists and Tom Barrasso had his 1st shutout (The 1st road shutout in Penguins franchise playoff history) as the Penguins beat the North Stars 8-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Met Center in Bloomington, MN. The win gave the Penguins their 1st Stanley Cup Championship. (4 games to 2 series win).
1991: Pittsburgh's Jim Paek became the first player in NHL history to score his first career goal during the Stanley Cup Finals; it came in an 8-0 win over the North Stars in Minnesota, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
1991: Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach, Bob Johnson - a native from Minneapolis, MN - became the second U.S. born coach in NHL history to lead his team to a Stanley Cup Championship, and was the 1st since the league switched to a best of seven format in 1939. (Bill Stewart from Fitchburg, MA was the 1st U.S. native before Johnson leading the Blackhawks to the title in 1938).
2002: Minnesota Wild acquired defenseman Chris Dyment from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
2004: Minnesota Wild signed free agent defenseman Ryan Stokes, who had scored 4 goals and 20 assists in 66 games with the OHL's Mississauga Ice Dogs of the OHL.
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