This Day in MN Hockey History: Jan. 15
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1968: Minnesota North Stars forward Bill Masterton died in the early a.m. at Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN two days after suffering a head injury in a game against the Oakland Seals. It is still the only death as a result of a game injury in the history of the National Hockey League.
1979: Tim Young scored five goals in five shots (including his first career hat trick) and added an assist to tie a team record with six points and lead the Minnesota North Stars to an 8-1 win against the Rangers, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1982: Murray Oliver took over as the Minnesota North Stars head coach, replacing Glen Sonmor.
1987: Boston’s Reed Larson scored twice to become the first American born player (and the sixth defenseman) in NHL history to score 200 career goals. They came in a 6-4 Bruins’ win over the Hartford Whalers.
2002: Herb Brooks, Larry Pleau and the 1960 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team were honored with the Lester Patrick Award, at a luncheon held in St. Paul, Minnesota.
2009: Toronto’s Jason Blake set a career high with five points (his 6th career hat trick along with two assists) in a 6-4 win at Carolina.
2009: Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom improved his career record against Edmonton to 10-0-0 with a 5-1 victory over the visiting Oilers.
2009: St. Louis native Cam Janssen scored his first goal as a member of the Blues and T.J. Oshie added a goal and two assists to lead the Blues to a 5-2 win over the visiting Colorado Avalanche.
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