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This Week in Ducks History: Kariya's First Game and Goal, Jiggy Beats Up Ryan Smyth

Sometimes on Ducks History, we have to stretch a bit but this week isn't one of those. Eighteen years ago this week Paul Kariya, the original face of the franchise began his NHL career. Also Jiggy went crazy...

Jiggy doesn't like Matt Cooke or Ryan Smyth
Jiggy doesn't like Matt Cooke or Ryan Smyth

This Week in Ducks History:

Jan. 24, 1949
Coach Guy Charron born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada

Jan. 21, 1971
C Doug Weight born in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Jan. 26, 1972
RW Scott McKay born in Burlington, Ontario, Candada

Jan. 20, 1983
D Maxim Kontratiev born in Toglatti, USSR (Russia)

Jan. 25, 1985
RW Troy Bodie born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

Jan. 20, 1995
Mighty Ducks lost to Edmonton 2-1 to start the 1995 season after the first ever NHL Lockout. This was also Paul Kariya's first NHL game. He was kept off the score sheet until the next night when he scored his first NHL goal in a 4-3 win over Teemu Selanne's Winnipeg Jets (Teemu had a goal and an assist in that game).

Jan. 21, 1996
Acquired C Jim Campbell from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for D Robert Dirk.

Jan. 21, 1998
Mighty Ducks beat Florida 8-3, setting the franchise record for most goals in a game. Kariya had a hat trick, Teemu scored two, Joe Sacco, Warren Rychel and Matt Cullen each had a goal.

Jan. 21, 2004
Nick Lidstrom becomes Detroit's all-time leader in games played by a defenseman as the Red Wings and Ducks played to a 2-2 tie. Also this was the eighth consecutive game the Ducks went without a power play goal (0-for-26), a franchise record streak. (NHL Vault)

Jan. 23, 2004
Vinny Prospal scored his only hat trick as a Duck in a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. With that, Prospal became the only Duck not named Teemu Selanne to score a hat trick in a period until Andrew Cogliano did it last year at Phoenix. He also added an assist to match the franchise record of four points in a period. In addition, the Ducks tied the franchise record for most goals in a period (five in the third); Dwayne Roloson became the opposing goalie to give up the most goals in a period (five also obviously) and the Ducks set the team's record for fewest shots against in a game (11).

Jan. 25, 2006
J.S. Giguere went nuts on Ryan Smyth, setting a franchise record for most penalty minutes in a game by a goalie with 16, as the Ducks loss to Edmonton 6-3. For reference the four goalies that appeared for the Ducks last year combined for zero PIM for the entire season.

Jan. 26, 2006
Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his first NHL shutout over the San Jose Sharks 2-0. Read all you ever wanted to know about this game and more, here! (NHL Vault)

Jan. 24, 2007
Acquired D Joe Rullier from Vancouver in exchange for RW Colby Genoway.

Jan. 26, 2007
Acquired C Mark Hartigan, RW Joe Motzko and a 2007 fourth round draft pick from Columbus in exchange for LW Curtis Glencross, C Zenon Konopka and a seventh round draft pick in either 2007 or 2008.

Jan. 26, 2007
Acquired C Shane Endicott from Nashville in exchange for LW Chris Durno.

Jan. 21, 2008
The Anaheim Ducks' Stanley Cup championship is named the top sports moment at the 3rd Annual L.A. Sports Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Sports Council. In addition, Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke is named "Sports Executive of the Year" at the awards presentation held at The Beverly Hilton and televised live by FSN PRIME TICKET.

Ducks related #RandomNHLfacts from @NHLhistoryGirl:

On this date (1/23) in 2006, #NHLDucks Todd Marchant earned his 400th career #NHL point, which came in his 800th NHL career game.

On this date (1/22) in 1994, Alexei Kasatonov became the first member of the #NHLDucks to appear in an NHL All-Star Game.

"I'd love to keep [Teemu] back in Canada. I'd turn him into a f**ing draft dodger."-#OriginalJets GM John Ferguson on Teemu's military stint

"We tried to get Chicago's pick so we could get the Finn (Teemu Selanne)."-#Flames GM Cliff Fletcher

"He plays like a Rick Middleton and could be just as good." - Anonymous NHL scout about Teemu Selanne, 1988 draft

#Oilers and #Whalers would have flipped choices, with Oiler winger Mike Krushelnyski going to the Whalers so Oilers could draft Selanne.

"NO SUPERSTARS IN THE NHL DRAFT THIS YEAR"- Philadelphia Inquirer, June 11, 1988 #oops

There was speculation shortly before the 1988 draft that the #Oilerswere going to try trading up for Selanne, or the #Leafs might pick him.

"I doubt we'd take Selanne because we feel the North American players are probably as good."-#Blackhawks GM Bob Pulford prior to 1988 draft

BONUS Pierre LeBrun Tweet: From Ducks PR: "Teemu Selanne (42 years, 200 days) tonight [1/19/13] became the oldest NHL player to record 4 points in a single game since Gordie Howe (42 years, 326 days) scored four (1-3=4) with Detroit on Feb. 20, 1971 vs. Buffalo." Wow!