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1969:  Ted Hampson scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Seals to a 6-5 win over the North Stars in Oakland.  Rookie Danny Grant had a goal and two assists for Minnesota.

1976:  Minnesota North Stars set franchise records with 42 penalty minutes in the second period and 57 penalty minutes in the game, a 3-2 loss at Philadelphia.

1977:  Defenseman Gary Sargent had two goals and two assists in the Kings' 4-3 win over the Red Wings, at Detroit.

1977:  Goaltender Pete LoPresti recorded his third career shutout to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 3-0 win over Vancouver at the Met Center.

1980:  Defenseman Brad Maxwell had three assists to lead the North Stars to a 5-4 win over Vancouver in Minnesota.

1980:  Two days after the USA Hockey Team captured the Gold Medal in the Lake Placid Winter Olympics (Feb. 24), the 12 home-town Minnesota players, Coaching staff and Management participated in a celebration ceremony at First Bank Downtown Minneapolis, and rode in a motorcade from Minneapolis through the University of Minnesota campus, to the State Capital in convertibles in 20 degree temperatures in a heroes welcome back home.  The motorcade was capped off at a pep-rally at Williams Arena (old Mariucci Arena) on the University of Minnesota campus.

1981:  Steve Payne set a Minnesota North Stars' record with 39 penalty minutes in the first period of a 5-1 loss to the Bruins at Boston Gardens.  The two teams combined for 67 penalties and 406 penalty minutes, an NHL record at the time, and Keith Crowder set a Bruins record with 43 PIM.

1983:  Doug Wilson scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Black Hawks to a 4-4 tie, at Minnesota.  Brad Maxwell had three assists for the North Stars.

1984:  Jim Korn scored two goals and added an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs tied 4-4, at Vancouver.

1991:  Minnesota North Stars extended their team-record home undefeated streak to 8 straight games (6-0-2) with a 2-2 tie against the Philadelphia Flyers.

1992:  Minnesota Wild center, Mikael Granlund born in Oulu, Finland.  Grandlund has played in the NHL since 2012-2013 with the Minnesota Wild.

1996:  New Jersey obtained Phil Housley and Dan Keczmer from Calgary, in exchange for Tommy Albelin, Cale Hulse and Jocelyn Lemieux.

2008:  Edmonton's Tom Gilbert tied a team record for rookie defensemen with his 8th goal of the year in a 4-3 win over the visiting Red Wings.  Gilbert, who also had 2 assists, tied the mark of 8 goals by a rookie defenseman (Paul Coffey & Marc-Andre Bergeron).

2008:  Anaheim traded right wing Brandon Bochenski to Nashville for future considerations.

2008:  Atlanta traded left wing Alexandre Giroux to Washington, in exchange for right wing Joe Motzko.

2008:  New York Islanders traded left wing Chris Simon to the Minnesota Wild, in exchange for Minnesota's 6th-round pick in the 2008 Entry Draft.

2011:  Grand Rapids native Alex Goligoski (playing in just his 3rd game with Dallas) scored the tying goal then set up the winning goal to lead the Stars to a come from behind 3-2 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators.

2012:  Jed Ormeyer scored at 15:47 of the 3rd to become the first player in Minnesota Wild history whose first goal with the team was the go-ahead goal with less than 10 minutes to play, as the Wild beat the visiting Sharks 4-2.

2013:  Minneapolis, MN native Zach Parise scored :27 into overtime to give the Wild a 2-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.

2014:  Minnesota Wild acquired forward Brad Winchester from the Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Brian Connelly.

2015:  Minnesota Wild defeated the NHL's best Nashville Predators 4-2 on the road.  Nino Niederreiter hit the 20-goal mark of the season and per Elias Sports Bureau became the 1st ever Swiss-born NHL player in history to reach the 20 goal milestone.

2017:  Wild traded Grayson Downing, as well as first and second round draft picks to Arizona for Martin Hanzel, Ryan White and a fourth round draft pick.

Tag(s): This Day In MN History