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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 10: Lamoriello named general manager of Devils

Hall of Famer Nieuwendyk born; 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 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. The previous GM, Max McNab, is named an executive vice president.

Lamoriello says he has no plans to change coaches and leaves Doug Carpenter in charge. But five days after he takes the GM job, the Devils acquire forward Patrik Sundstrom in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks for forward Greg Adams and goalie Kirk McLean

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



1943: The Toronto Maple Leafs acquire 17-year-old center Ted Kennedy in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens, giving up defenseman Frank Eddolls. Kennedy, nicknamed "Teeder," 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 inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.

Video: Joe Nieuwendyk won Cup with three different teams


2003: The Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes name forward Shane Doan as their new captain. Doan is the 15th captain in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets history and the third since the Jets' move to Arizona in 1996. He goes on to become the franchise's all-time leader in goals (402) and points (972). Doan remains captain through the 2016-17 season before retiring on Aug. 30, 2017.


2014: The NHL announces that the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played at Nationals Park in Washington, with the Washington Capitals hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. It's the first time the Capitals will host the Winter Classic; they defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 at Heinz Field in 2011. The Blackhawks will be playing in their second Winter Classic after losing 6-4 to the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009.

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