This Day in MN Hockey History: Dec. 17
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1964: Former NHL defenseman Frank Musil born in Pardubice, Czech. Musil played in the NHL 1986-87 through 2000-01 with the Minnesota North Stars, Calgary, Ottawa and Edmonton.
1968: Claude Larose scored a goal and added an assist as the North Stars lost 3-2 to the Oakland Seals in Minnesota.
1979: Al MacAdam scored his third career hat trick (and his first with Minnesota) in the North Stars’ 5-1 win against Toronto.
1983: NHL center Erik Christensen born in Edmonton, Alta. Christensen has played in the NHL since 2005-06 with Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Anaheim, and the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild.
1985: Paul Gagne and Aaron Broten each scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Devils to a 7-4 win over the Flyers, in New Jersey.
1986: Buffalo’s Mike Ramsey played in his 500th career NHL game when the Sabres lost 4-3 to the Whalers, at Hartford.
1988: Minnesota North Stars traded Gord Dineen and Scott Bjugstad to Pittsburgh in exchange for defenseman Ville Siren and center Steve Gotaas.
2000: Neal Broten removes his Dallas Stars jersey to reveal a Minnesota Wild #7 sweater when making the “Let’s Play Hockey” announcement prior to the Wild’s 6-0 victory over Dallas, the first appearance of the former North Stars to the State of Hockey. This was voted by fans as the #8 ‘moment’ in the Wild’s top ten of the decade (2000-2010).
2000: Minnesota set a team record for fastest two goals at home when Jeff Nielson and Marian Gaborik scored in a span of :48 during the first period of a 6-0 win over the visiting Dallas Stars. Manny Fernandez recorded his third career shutout.
2000: Richfield, MN native Darby Hendrickson scores two goals in the Wild’s shutout of Dallas.
2002: Richard Park scored the tying goal and then added the winning goal at 4:43 of overtime as the Wild won 4-3 against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. It was the Wild’s first ever win against the Oilers, ending a 12 game winless streak.
2003: Minnesota Wild acquired winger Eric Chouinard from the Philadelphia Flyers for a fifth-round draft pick in 2004.
2003: Minnesota’s Sergei Zholtok scored his 100th NHL goal, the game winner, as the Wild won 3-2 for its first regular-season victory at Denver (after a winless streak of 0-7-1).
2005: Rookie Kurtis Foster scored a power-play goal at 3:13 of overtime to give the Wild a team-record PPG’s in 10 staight home games, and Brian Rolston had two goals and two assists in a 4-3 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.
2011: Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson scored his first goal of the year and added an assist to lead the team to a 2-1 win over the visiting Washington Capitals.
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