This Week in Ducks History: September 9th - September 15th

Good game, Captain Duck

This was not a particularly exciting week for Ducks history, as you'll see below. In most years, the week of Sept. 9-15 would be a scant few days before training camp is scheduled to open, so logically not a whole lot of notable moves would occur around that time. Something tells me however, that next year at this time we might have something to discuss, unfortunately.

Really the only thing I found interesting about this week in Ducks history was that apparently Tom Kurvers (born this week) played for the Mighty Ducks for 22 games in the lockout shortened 1994-'95 season. It's only interesting because he's one of those names, like Hugh Jessiman, that nerds (me) and New Jersey Devils fans (not me) snicker at whenever he's mentioned.

Kurvers is best known for being traded from New Jersey to Toronto in 1989 for the third overall pick that became Scott Niedermayer. Midway through the next season Kurvers was traded out of Toronto to Vancouver, and eventually on to the Islanders before his NHL career wrapped up with his short stint in Anaheim, ironically the same year that Niedermayer won the first of his four career Stanley Cups.

Tom Kurvers, one of the all-time trade busts, born This Week in Ducks History.

Luckily, on Tuesday, Jen Conway of NHLhistorygirl.com (a must follow for all fans of hockey and/or history on twitter @NHLhistorygirl) tweeted a couple of tidbits about one of the more important figures in Ducks history:

@NHLhistorygirl: Paul Kariya's father played on the Canadian national rugby team. #RandomNHLfact

@NHLhistorygirl: Paul Kariya chose University of Maine over Boston University and Harvard. #RandomNHLfact

GO BLACK BEARS!

This Week in Ducks History:

Sept. 12, 2007
Ducks extend radio broadcast agreement AM 830. The multi-year deal includes pre-, regular and post-season coverage on the 50,000 watt station.

Sept. 13, 1971
C Ted Drury born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Sept. 13, 1994
LW Paul Kariya played his first NHL game and scored a goal and an assist in a 4-3 preseason loss to Dallas. (Also via @NHLhistorygirl) Note: this seems like a huge deal at first glance, until you realize it was pre-season and Kariya's first actual game wasn't until January 20, 1995 because of the first NHL Lockout.

Sept. 14, 1962
D Tom Kurvers born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Sept. 14, 1981
RW Jason King born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada

Sept. 14, 2004
Ducks announced extension of affiliation agreement with the San Diego Gulls of the ECHL.

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