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This Date in NHL History

Aug. 30: Poile hired as general manager by Capitals

Plus: Muller named 20th captain in Canadiens history; Doan announces retirement

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1982: The Washington Capitals, who have yet to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in eight seasons since entering the NHL in 1974, hire 32-year-old David Poile as their general manager.

Poile, who's been an assistant GM with the Calgary Flames, wastes no time making changes; he acquires future Hall of Fame defenseman Rod Langway in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 9. With Langway winning the Norris Trophy in each of his first two seasons in Washington, Poile assembles a team that makes the playoffs in 1983 and every season through 1996.

The Capitals miss the playoffs in 1997 and Poile is fired, though the team he put together rebounds one season later to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. The Capitals go 594-454 with 132 ties during Poile's 15 seasons and win their first division title (in 1988-89).

Poile isn't out of work for long after being let go by the Capitals; he's quickly hired as the first GM of the expansion Nashville Predators.



1994: Kirk Muller is named the 20th captain in the history of the Montreal Canadiens. The move comes 11 days after Guy Carbonneau is traded to the St. Louis Blues, ending his five-season run as captain. Muller's tenure is much shorter; he's traded to the New York Islanders on April 5, 1995.


2013: Teemu Selanne signs a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks and announces that 2013-14 will be his 21st and last season in the NHL. His announcement comes in a humorous video confirming he'll be back for one more run at another Stanley Cup title. He says he also hopes to play for Finland in his record sixth Winter Olympics in February 2014.


2017: Longtime Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan announces his retirement after 21 seasons with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise. Doan makes his NHL debut with the Jets in 1995-96, their final season in Winnipeg, then becomes the face of the franchise after the move to Arizona. He's named captain in 2003. Doan retires as the Coyotes/Jets all-time leader in goals (402), assists (570) and points (972). His 1,540 games are tied with Johnny Bucyk for 14th all-time. The Coyotes retire his No. 19 on Feb. 24, 2019.

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