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This Week in Ducks History: Happy 20th Birthday Ducks, Andy McDonald Traded, Jiggy's Shutout Streak

Twenty years ago this week, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were born. Fifteen years later Andy McDonald's tenure in Anaheim ended. All that and more, on This Week in Ducks History.


This Week in Ducks History:

Dec. 10, 1982
D Nate Guenin born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, USA

Dec. 10, 1992
The National Hockey League announces that The Walt Disney Company has been awarded a conditional expansion franchise to begin play in the 1993-94 season.

Dec. 10, 1995
Set the franchise record for longest winless streak with a 3-1 loss to Edmonton. The streak started with a loss at Edmonton officially ended with a win over Pittsburgh on Dec. 13 (see below). The Ducks lost five times in regulation, once in overtime and tied three times during the streak. Unfortunately this record has been matched twice since, once in the dreadful month of Oct. 1996 and again in Nov. 2001.

Dec. 10, 1998
Acquired Tampa Bay's fifth round pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for D Drew Bannister.

Dec. 12, 1997
Dmitri Mironov set the franchise record for most assists in a game with five, in a 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals. The feat has been matched twice since, but Mironov is still the only Ducks defenseman to record five assists in a single game.

Dec. 12, 2007
Andy McDonald set the franchise record for most consecutive games played with 276 in a 3-2 loss to Vancouver. The streak started Oct. 17, 2003 and officially ended when he was traded to St. Louis Dec. 14 (see below). Last year Corey Perry came within five games of matching this mark, but missed games on Mar. 12 and 14 against Colorado and Detroit with a right shoulder injury.

Dec. 13, 1969
C Sergei Fedorov born in Pskov, USSR (Russia)

Dec. 13, 1985
RW Andrew Gordon born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dec. 13, 1995
Beat Pittsburgh 6-3. Joe and David Sacco both scored goals becoming the first pair of brothers to score in the same game for the Mighty Ducks. It took almost five years for another pair of brothers to score in the same game for the Ducks, as Rob and Scott Niedermayer scored in their first ever NHL game as teammates Oct. 5, 2005.

Dec. 13, 2006
Beat Atlanta 2-1 at Philips Arena to set the NHL mark for best road record through 15 games to start a season (12-1-2) This also set a franchise record for the longest road winning streak with seven games. The streak started on Nov. 28 with a 3-2 overtime win in Edmonton and officially ended with a 4-3 loss at San Jose on Dec. 16. Note: This game is available to watch on the NHL Vault.

Dec. 14, 2007
Acquired C Doug Weight, LW Michal Birner and a seventh-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from St. Louis in exchange for C Andy McDonald. While that is a relatively significant trade in and of itself, the key is really that it was made in order to clear up cap space for Scott Niedermayer to rejoin the team after his temporary retirement in the fall of 2007.

Dec. 14, 2007
Lost 5-2 to Minnesota. The Wild scored four power play goals in the second period, which stands as the most power play goals against the Ducks in a single period. It is also tied for the most power play goals combined between the two teams in a period in Ducks history (SJ 3, ANA 1, Dec. 19, 1995; ANA 1, MIN 3, Dec. 31, 2006).

Dec. 15, 2002
J.S. Giguere set the franchise record for most consecutive shutouts with a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh. The other two shutouts were 3-0 wins over Nashville and Washington on Dec. 8 and 11, respectively.

Ducks related #RandomNHLfacts from @NHLhistoryGirl:

#Whalers Kevin Dineen [coach of the Portland Pirates, during their affiliation with the Ducks] swpied all of his teammates' underwear, then showed up at the team Halloween party dressed as a clothesline.

Near the trade deadline, #Sens Brian Murray [Former Ducks GM/coach] took a cell call on ice. He skated over to Antoine Vermette: "Bad news. You have to stay here."

I think Bettman has done a great job educating all the NHL owners that they can't continue spending the way they have been-Ducks exec, 1996