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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 10: Lou Lamoriello named Devils GM

Plus: Joe Nieuwendyk born; Shane Doan becomes captain of Coyotes

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1987: Lou Lamoriello, named president of the New Jersey Devils on April 30, prepares to put his own stamp on the team by taking over as 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 wastes little time before making his first trade, acquiring forward Patrik Sundstrom from the Vancouver Canucks for forward Greg Adams and goaltender Kirk McLean.

Lamoriello runs the Devils until 2015, building teams that win the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003.



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. He finishes his career with 564 goals and 1,126 points 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 captain. He's the 15th captain in franchise history and the third since the Winnipeg Jets' move to Arizona in 1996. Doan becomes one of the longest-serving captains in NHL history, as well as the franchise's all-time leader in goals and points.

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