THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 10
1987: Lou Lamoriello, named president of the New Jersey Devils on April 30, prepares to put his own stamp on the team by adding the responsibilities of general manager.
The move is a surprise to many because Lamoriello, 43, has spent his career in college hockey as the coach and athletic director at Providence College. The previous GM, Max McNab, is named an executive vice president.
Lamoriello says he has no plans to change coaches, leaving Doug Carpenter in charge. But he and the Devils staff waste little time before making their first trade, acquiring forward Patrik Sundstrom from the Vancouver Canucks for forward Greg Adams and goaltender Kirk McLean five days later.
Lamoriello runs the Devils until 2015, building teams that win the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
1943: The Toronto Maple Leafs obtain the rights to 17-year-old center Ted Kennedy from the Montreal Canadiens for the rights to defenseman Frank Eddolls. Kennedy spends his entire NHL career with the Maple Leafs, helping them become the NHL first modern-era dynasty by winning the Stanley Cup in 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951. He's inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966 and in 2017 is named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players.
1966: Joe Nieuwendyk, one of 10 players in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams, is born in Oshawa, Ontario. After three seasons at Cornell, he joins the Calgary Flames at the end of the 1986-87 season. Nieuwendyk scores 51 goals in each of the next two seasons and helps the Flames win the Cup in 1989. He also plays on Cup-winning teams with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and the Devils in 2003. Nieuwendyk finishes his career with 1,126 points (564 goals, 562 assists) in 1,257 NHL games and is elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
2003: The Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes name forward Shane Doan as their new captain. Doan becomes the 15th captain in franchise history and the third since the Winnipeg Jets' move to Arizona in 1996. Doan, who goes to become the franchise's all-time leader in goals (402) and points (972), remains captain through the 2016-17 season before retiring on Aug. 30.