This Week in Ducks History: September 23rd - September 29th

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It's rapid fire Ducks History this week, with some notable birthdays, minor trades, the NHL Premiere in London, Stu Grimson and possibly the most obscure fact that will be featured in this series.

This Week in Ducks History:

Sept. 23, 1975
LW Garret Burnett born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sept. 23, 1983
RW Joffrey Lupul born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada

Sept. 24, 2007
Acquired C Mark Mowers from Boston in exchange for D Brett Skinner and D Nathan Saunders.

Sept. 24, 2009
Traded D Steve McCarthy to Atlanta in exchange for future considerations.

Sept. 25, 1977
D Toni Lydman born in Lahti, Finland

Sept. 26, 1979
LW Chris Kunitz born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Sept. 26, 2000
Acquired RW Andrei Nazarov and a second round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft from the Calgary Flames in exchange for the rights to defenseman Jordan Leopold.

Sept. 26, 2008
Acquired D Ken Klee and LWs Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud from Atlanta in exchange for defenseman Mathieu Schneider in an effort to clear cap space to sign Teemu Selanne to a new contract.

Sept. 27, 1983
D Aaron Rome born in Nesbitt, Manitoba, Canada

Sept. 27, 1999
Acquired RW Ladislav Kohn from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for an eighth-round draft pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Sept. 27, 2004
Named Dan Bylsma Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL) assistant coach.

Sept. 28, 1982
RW Dustin Penner born in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada

Sept. 28, 1982
G Ray Emery born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Sept. 28, 1994
Acquired RW David Sacco from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for RW Terry Yake, uniting Sacco with his older brother, Joe. On Dec. 13, 1995 the Sacco brothers would become the first pair of brothers to score in the same game for the Mighty Ducks, almost five years before Rob and Scott Niedermayer both scored in their first ever NHL game as teammates Oct. 5, 2005.

Sept. 28, 2007
Named D Chris Pronger team captain and LWs Rob Niedermayer and Chris Kunitz alternate captains.

Sept. 28, 2008
Re-signed RW Teemu Selanne to a two year, $5.25 million contract. Teemu was attending camp on a pro tryout contract while salary cap issues were being worked out.

Sept. 29, 1972
C Jorgen Jonsson born in Rogle, Sweden

Sept. 29, 2004
Extended deal with Mighty 1090 AM (two years) as the club's radio flagship station.

Sept. 29, 2007
The Ducks opened the 2007-'08 season as defending Stanley Cup champions in London's O2 Arena with a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. This was Bobby Ryan's first regular season NHL game and he scored his first NHL goal. Update: With this goal Bobby became only the second player in NHL history to score his first career goal on neutral ice. The first was Keith Jones, then of the Washington Capitals, now of NBC Sports Network, who scored in a 4-1 win over Chicago at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN, Nov. 3, 1992

Ducks related #RandomNHLfacts from @NHLhistoryGirl:

In 1994, 3 #NHLDucks players applied for unemployment because of the lockout: Don McSween, Tom Kurvers and David Williams.

#NHLDucks rookie Patrik Carnback slept so much his nickname was "Flatliner" and he once slept through a major earthquake. #RandomNHLfact

Stu Grimson's first #NHL goal was a deflection off his helmet. #RandomNHLfact (Even though he was with Chicago at the time, it seemed relevant since he had two go ‘rounds with the Ducks including the inaugural season)

Stu Grimson's dad was a Mountie. #RandomNHLfact

Grimson is also a born-again Christian, who now practices Law in Nashville. And of course in 2001, he starred in a PSA in which he sings "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" that has apparently been pulled from You Tube. [Ed. Note: The commercial was played frequently towards the end of this year's SCF. Grimson was a King when they made it. It looks like it was shot by someone that was nearsighted.]

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