This Week in Ducks History: Rob Niedermayer and Stumpy Join at 2003 Deadline, Franchise's 1000th Point

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Kind of a slow week in Ducks history, but Rob Niedermayer and Steve "Stumpy" Thomas were both acquired near the 2003 Trade Deadline, paving the way for a magical run.

This Week in Ducks History:

Mar. 11, 1966
LW Ken Baumgartner born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada

Mar. 11, 1967
D Bill Houlder born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Mar. 14, 1972
D Aris Brimanis born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Mar. 14, 1974
D Patrick Traverse born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Mar. 10, 1975
D Andy Sutton born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Mar. 14, 1980
RW Joe Motzko born in Bemidji, Minnesota, Canada

Mar. 10, 1984
C Tim Brent born in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Mar. 15, 1993
Announced that the Mighty Ducks will play in the new arena in Anaheim, now known as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. I came to terms, long ago, with the fact that Honda pays the Samuelis more than Arrowhead can, but if San Jose can be called "The Shark Tank" regardless of the actual arena's name, I'm still calling it "The Pond" Goddamnit.

Mar. 15, 1996
Acquired RW Roman Oksiuta from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for C Mike Sillinger.

Mar. 13, 1998
Peter LeBoutillier matched his own Ducks Rookie record with 30 penalty minutes in a 6-3 loss to Dallas. He originally set the record the previous season, but was still considered a rookie because he only played 23 games in 1996-97. In that same game, Joe Nieuwendyk matched Owen Nolan's record for most goals by an individual Ducks' opponent in a game with, what our friends at the Puck Podcast refer to as a Pants Trick, four goals.

Mar. 11, 2000
Acquired C Jorgen Jonsson from the New York Islanders in exchange for C Johan Davidsson and future considerations.

Mar. 14, 2000
Acquired RW Ed Ward from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for future considerations.

...and Acquired G Corey Hirsch from the Nashville Predators in exchange for future considerations.

... and Acquired a fifth round draft pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for D Dan Trebil.

Mar. 13, 2001
Acquired D Alexei Tezikov and a fourth round draft choice in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for D Jason Marshall.

Mar. 14, 2001
Mats Sundin records his 500th NHL assist in a 3-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks in Toronto. (Obscure, I know, but it's one of the few Ducks games available on NHL Vault)

Mar. 11, 2003
Acquired RW Steve Thomas from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fifth round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Mar. 11, 2003
Acquired C Rob Niedermayer from the Calgary Flames in exchange for G J.F. Damphousse and D Mike Commodore.

Ducks related #RandomNHLfacts from @NHLhistoryGirl:

Today's hockey history brought to you by Bryzgalov.

At 42 years and 200 days, Teemu Selänne became the oldest NHL player with four points in a game since Gordie Howe (42 years, 326 days).

Brian Burke once said the shootout was the same as trying to throw a football through a tire to win the game.

(3/11) 2008: #Oilers Andrew Cogliano set NHL record by scoring OT goals in three consecutive games; stick & gloves were sent to Hockey Hall of Fame

On this date (3/11) in 2007, #NHLDucks Teemu Selänne became the first player over the age of 35 to record consecutive 40-goal seasons

On this date in 2007 (3/11), #NHLDucks recorded their franchise's 1000th point.

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