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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 29: Kings, Ducks open 2007-08 season in London

Plus: Andreychuk born; Blues name Pronger captain

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 29

2007: The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks bring the NHL to England for the first time when they face off at O2 Arena in London for the first of two regular-season games in the Premiere Series.

The Kings get a 26-save performance by rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier and defeat the defending Stanley Cup champions 4-1 in front of more than 17,000 fans. Michael Cammalleri scores twice for Los Angeles, then jokes that "I love London."

But hockey is the biggest winner of the day. The crowd includes fans from England and several other countries wearing jerseys from their favorite European and NHL teams.

 

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1963: Dave Andreychuk, one of seven members of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2017, is born in Hamilton, Ontario. Andreychuk plays 1,639 games during his 23 seasons in the NHL and finishes with 640 goals, including a League-record 274 power-play goals. He goes more than two decades without making the Stanley Cup Final until 2004, when as captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning he helps them win the Cup for the first time. He's elected to the Hall in his ninth year of eligibility.

Video: Dave Andreychuk wins Cup for first time in 22 seasons

 

1997: The St. Louis Blues name 22-year-old defenseman Chris Pronger as the 16th and youngest captain in their history. Pronger spends six seasons as captain before relinquishing the role to Al MacInnis on Sept. 15, 2003.

Video: Chris Pronger was Hart Trophy-winning defenseman

On the same day, the New York Rangers acquire center Pat LaFontaine from the Buffalo Sabres. LaFontaine, who becomes one of the few players in NHL history to play for all three teams in New York state, has 62 points (23 goals, 39 assists) in 67 games before he sustains a career-ending concussion on March 16, 1998. He officially retires seven months later and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

1999: Kelly Buchberger is named the first captain of the new Atlanta Thrashers. Buchberger, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Edmonton Oilers, plays 68 games with the Thrashers before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings on March 13, 2000.

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