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February 20th

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1940:  Milt Schmidt scored a goal and added three assists, and Frank Brimsek recorded his 14th career shutout as the Bruins won 5-0 over Toronto, at Boston Garden.

1944:  Chicago's Mike Karakas and Toronto's Paul Bibeault dueled to the only scoreless, penalty-free game in NHL history.  The 0-0 tie, officiated by referee Bill Chadwick, took only 1:55 to play.

1958:  The 14th annual MSHSL State Boys High School Hockey Tournament is held at the St. Paul Auditorium from Feb. 20-22nd.

1963:  Boston's Tommy Williams, became just the second U.S. born player to score more than 20 goals in a season, when he connected for his 21st of the year as the Bruins tied 3-3 against the Rangers at New York.

1964:  The 20th annual MSHSL State Boys High School Hockey Tournament is held at the St. Paul Auditorium from Feb. 20-22nd.

1968:  NHL Board of Governors endorsed a plan by the Writers Association to award trophy in memory of Bill Masterton, the Minnesota North Stars forward who had recently died as a result of an on-ice injury during a game.

1969:  The 25th annual MSHSL State Boys High School Hockey Tournament is held at the Metropolitan Sports Arena from Feb. 20-22nd.

1972:  Goaltender Cesare Maniago recorded his 19th career shutout to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh at the Met Center.

1974:    Phil Esposito became the first player in NHL history to get four straight 50 goal seasons, and had his 22nd career hat trick in a 5-5 Bruins' tie against the North Stars, at Minnesota.

1981:  Gordie Roberts scored a goal and added two assists to lead the North Stars to a 5-3 win over the Jets at Winnipeg.

1982:  Defenseman Craig Hartsburg scored a goal and added three assists to lead the North Stars to a 7-3 win over the Washington Capitals in Minnesota.

1983:  Rangers' Mark Pavelich scored a goal and added three assists as New York won 9-4 against the visiting Winnipeg Jets.

1987:  Phil Housley scored two goals and an assist as the Sabres won 6-3 over the Rangers, at New York.

1990:  Gordon Gund said he has been talking with Howard Baldwin, who at the time, had a temporary contract with the city of San Jose to operate a hockey team.

1991:  MN North Stars held the Oilers shotless in the second period, en route to a 5-1 win against Edmonton.  Mike Modano led the scoring with two goals and two assists.

1992:  NHL defenseman Jarred Tinordi born in Burnsville, MN.  Tinordi has played in the NHL since 2012-13 with Montreal.

1995:  Detroit's Mike Ramsey became the 99th player in NHL history to appear in his 1,000th career regular season game as the Red Wings won 4-2, at Toronto.

2003:  Minnesota Wild traded center Cory Larose to the New York Rangers for left wing Jay Henderson.

2007:  Edmonton's Petr Sykora scored twice in a 14-minute span in the third period, and rookie Tom Gilbert scored his first NHL goal with 19.9 seconds left in regulation, but the Oilers lost 4-3 in the shootout to the Senators at Ottawa.

2007:  Brian Rolston scored his 250th career NHL goal to help the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 shootout win over the visiting Dallas Stars.

2011:  Minnesota's Martin Havlat scored a goal to give him 500 career NHL points; he reached the milestone in a 2-1 loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

2015:  Minnesota Wild Goaltender Devan Dubnyk 15 saves propelled the Wild to a 4-0 Win over the Edmonton Oilers on the road.  Dubnyk went 12-2-1 with the Wild with a 1.61 GAA, and save % of .936.  Per Elias Sports Bureau his 16 starts, to 5 shut-outs for one team is the fewest since 1938 when Eveleth, MN native Frank "Mr. Zero" Brimsek has 5 shutouts in 9 starts for the Boston Bruins.

2015:  Minnesota Wild Forward (St. Thomas Academy H.S./Prior Lake, MN native) had 1 goal to earn the #3 Star of the Night in the 4-0 Win over Edmonton Oilers.

2016:  As part of the 2016 NHL Stadium Series, the Minnesota North Stars NHL Alumni Group consisting of former Minnesota North Stars, and Minnesota Wild Alumni faced off against former Chicago Blackhawks Alumni held outdoors at University of Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium.  The Minnesota Alumni donned home North Stars uniforms for the game with a Minnesota Wild shoulder patch on each jersey.  The widows of Bill Goldsworthy (#8), J.P. Parise (#11) and Murray Oliver (#10) dropped the ceremonial puck drop(s) to begin the game.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History