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July 8: Iginla big prize at 1995 draft

Plus: Red Wings sign Mark Howe; Tippett begins NHL coaching career

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Defensemen go 1-2-3 at '95 Draft

Defensemen go 1-2-3 at 1995 NHL Draft

For the first time in NHL Draft history, the top three picks are defensemen as Bryan Berard, Wade Redden and Aki Berg go 1, 2, and 3 in 1995

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1995: There's a run on defenseman at the top of the NHL Draft in Edmonton, but the big prize comes a bit later.

The Ottawa Senators start the selection process by taking Rhode Island native Bryan Berard with the No. 1 pick; he becomes the third American in draft history to be taken first. The New York Islanders then select Wade Redden No. 2, and the Los Angeles Kings, who move up to the third position by winning the NHL Draft Lottery, follow by choosing Finland-born Aki Berg.

But the big prize comes when the Dallas Stars, picking 11th, select right wing Jarome Iginla from Kamloops of the Western Hockey League. Iginla goes on to score 625 goals in the NHL -- but none for Dallas, which trades him to the Calgary Flames for center Joe Nieuwendyk on Dec. 19, 1995. He becomes the face of the Flames and remains with Calgary until late in the 2012-13 season, then plays for four other teams before retiring after the 2016-17 season

Neither Berard nor Redden ever plays a game for the team that drafted him. Berard refuses to report to Ottawa; six months later, he's traded to the Islanders for Redden.



1992: The Detroit Red Wings sign Gordie Howe's son, 37-year-old free agent defenseman Mark Howe. He spends the final three seasons of his NHL career with the Red Wings before retiring after the 1994-95 season. In 2011, he joins his father in the Hockey Hall of Fame.


1999: Dave Tippett begins his NHL coaching career when he's hired as an assistant by the Kings. Tippett, who comes to the NHL after leading Houston to the International Hockey League championship, spends three seasons as an assistant in Los Angeles before being hired as Stars coach. He stays in Dallas until being let go after the 2008-09 season, but is hired by the Phoenix Coyotes on Sept. 24, 2009, hours after Wayne Gretzky resigns, and coaches the Coyotes through the 2016-17 season. He returns to the NHL in 2019 as coach of the Edmonton Oilers after serving as an adviser to NHL Seattle after that group is awarded an NHL franchise in December 2018.

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