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December 08, 2012

This Day In Hockey History: Dec 8th

1979 - St. Louis Blues named Red Berenson as their new coach, replacing Barclay Plager.

1987 - Ron Hextall became the first goalie in NHL history to shoot at the net and score a goal.

1993 - L.A.'s Jari Kurri became the highest scoring European player in NHL history, when he scored his 1,223rd career point in a Kings' 6-5 loss to the Florida Panthers. Kurri replaced Peter Stastny, who had retired with 1,222 points.

1995 - Montreal named Pierre Turgeon as their new team captain, replacing Mike Keane (who had been traded). Turgeon became the 22nd captain in Montreal Canadiens' history.

1998 - Ken Daneyko became the New Jersey Devils all-time leader in games played, when he appeared in his 935th game with the team, a 5-5 tie against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Daneyko broke the record of 934 games held by John MacLean.

2000 - Penguins owner Mario Lemieux announced his return as a player, the first owner-player in the modern era.

2001 - Calgary Flames set an NHL record by running up 190 penalty minutes during the final period of a 4-0 loss to the visiting Mighty Ducks. In all, the teams combined for 309 penalty minutes in the game.

Happy Birthday to Red Berenson, Red Hay, Marty Barry, Ted Irvine, Darrin Shannon and Drew Doughty.

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