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February 22nd

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1951:  The 7th annual MSHSL State Boys High School Hockey Tournament is held at the St. Paul Auditorium from Feb. 22-24th.

1952:  Former NHL center Lorne Henning born in Melfort, Sask.  Henning played in the NHL 1972-73 through 1980-81.  He later became coach with the North Stars, Islanders, Chicago and Anaheim.

1953:  Former NHL defenseman Alan Hangsleben born in Warroad, MN.  Hangsleben played in the NHL 1979-1982 with Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals and LA Kings.

1955:  Former North Stars NHL center Tim Young born in Scarborough, Ont.  Young played in the NHL 1975-76 through 1984-85.

1962:  The 18th annual MSHSL State Boys High School Hockey Tournament is held at the St. Paul Auditorium from Feb. 22-24th.

1968:  The 24th annual MSHSL State Boys High School Hockey Tournament is held at the St. Paul Auditorium from Feb. 22-24th.

1971:  Chicago traded Terry Caffery and Doug Mohns to the North Stars, in exchange for Danny O'Shea.

1972:  Former MN Wild defenseman Jason Marshall born in Cranbrook, B.C.

1972: Playing in his 1st NHL game after signing his pro contract with Detroit a day earlier - Warroad, MN native Henry Boucha scored his 1st NHL goal vs. Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jacques Plante coming in the 2nd period en-route to a 5-4 win for Red Wings.

1974:  Former MN Wild center Aaron Gavey born in Sudbury, Ont.

1976:  North Stars ended their team-record 10 game losing streak with a 6-3 win against the Scouts, at Kansas City.

1980:  'Miracle on Ice' game played at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. with US defeating Soviet Union 4-3.  USA team had 12 Minnesota born players, led by 2 Minnesota born coaches on the squad.

1982:  Bobby Smith scored a goal and added three assists to lead the North Stars to an 8-7 win over the visiting Whalers.

1983:  Rookie Brian Bellows scored twice and added an assist to lead the North Stars to a 3-2 win against the Red Wings, at Detroit.

1989:  Dave Christian scored twice and added an assist as the Capitals won 7-2 over the Kings, at L.A.

1989:  Ken Hodge, Jr. scored his first NHL goal.  It came for the North Stars in a 5-5 tie at Chicago.

1989:  Phil Housley had a goal and two assists to lead the Sabres to a 7-5 win over the visiting Islanders.

1991:  Winnipeg's Phil Housley scored his 20th goal of the season for the fifth straight year, in a 6-4 Jets loss to the Kings.  Housley became the second defenseman in Jets history (after Dave Ellett) to score 20 goals in one season.

1993:  Phil Housley had four assists in the Jets' 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators, in Winnipeg.

1994:  Cities Hockey Inc. (Ownership group of the MN Arctic Blast - RHI team) submits to the league 15 protected players including:  Nole Rahn, Dave Shute, Ron Saatzer, Bill Pye, Bryan Brandt and Jim Hau.

2007:  Minnesota's Wyatt Smith scored his first goal in 92 games as the Wild won 4-3 against the Avalanche at Colorado.

2009:  Matt Cullen scored the first hat trick of his 11 year NHL career (786 games) to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-2 win over the visiting Colorado Avalanche.  The three goals gave Cullen 401 points in his NHL career.

2011:  Bloomington, MN native Erik Johnson scored the game winning goal in his first game against the Blues (his former team) as the Avalanche won 4-3 win at St. Louis.

2011:  Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom improved to 13-0-0 lifetime at home against Edmonton and Pierre-Marc Bouchard had a goal and two assists as the Wild beat the visiting Oilers 4-1.

2015:  Minnesota Wild scored a franchise record 6 goals in the 3rd period during a Nationally televised game on "Hockey Day America".  (Parise-2, Koivu, Veilleux, Dumba & Granlund scored) to defeat the visiting Dallas Stars 6-2.  With the win the Wild moved into the top 8 in the West at 31-21-7 (69 points) and in a competitive NHL playoff spot for the 1st time since November 24th when the Wild were tied for the 8th spot.  The Wild also were the NHL's best team since the All-Star break (11-1-1) winning six consecutive games at home.  6 goals allowed by Dallas tied a team record for most allowed in a period when the former club - Minnesota North Stars - twice in 1975 gave up 6 goals in the 3rd period.

2015:  Minnesota Wild Forward Zach Parise (Bloomington, MN native) was the #1 Star of the Night in the Wilds' 6-2 Win over the visiting Dallas Stars with his 2-goal performance in the 3rd period.

2015:  N.Y. Rangers Forward Derek Stepan (Hastings, MN native) had two assists to earn the #2 Star of the Night in the Rangers 4-3 shutout win over Columbus Bluejackets.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History