Today in Hockey History: Brett Hull Wins Dallas Stars First Stanley Cup

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During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for June 19th, featuring Brett Hull.

Today in Hockey History

Brett Hull Wins Stanley Cup in Triple OT

1999: The Dallas Stars forward’s controversial goal helps the team win its first championship. Hull beats Dominik Hasek as the Stars beat the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, in Game 6. Questions surround the goal as his foot was in the crease. However, the officials say Hull is in possession of the puck and the goal counts.

NHL free agent frenzy

The Stars franchise had lost in two previous trips to the final when they were based in Minnesota as the North Stars. That franchise lost in the 1981 and 1991. Joe Nieuwendyk wins the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP.

Other Notable Events

1985: New York Rangers general manager Craig Patrick heads back to the press box as he gives up coaching duties. Ted Sator is named the new Blueshirts’ head coach.

1990: Former Montreal Canadiens great Bob Gainey is named the new head coach of the North Stars. He would lead Minnesota to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season at the helm.

1995: Darryl Sutter steps down as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. He compiled a record of 110-86-26 in his three seasons in charge.

2000: The Minnesota Wild name Jacques Lemaire as the team’s first head coach. He would lead the Wild to the Western Conference Final in 2002-03.

2006: The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1, in Game 7. Frantisek Kaberle scores the game-winning goal and Cam Ward wins the Conn Smythe. Ward is the fourth rookie to earn the award after making 22 saves. It’s the first Stanley Cup for Carolina, who won an AVCO World Trophy as the New England Whalers in 1972-73.

2013: Brent Seabrook scores 9:51 into overtime to help the Blackhawks rally past the Boston Bruins. Seabrook’s second OT-goal of the post-season helps Chicago take Game 4, 6-5.

2019: Nikita Kucherov is the big winner at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The Tampa Bay Lightning forward adds the Ted Lindsay and Hart Trophies to his collection. Kucherov had already sealed the Art Ross Trophy for the league’s top-scorer. Tampa Bay teammate Andrei Vasilevskiy wins the Vezina Trophy for top goalie.

Happy Birthday to You

1940: Keith McCreary

1947: Walt McKechnie

1954: Jim Corsi

1958: Sergei Makarov

1980: Dan Ellis

1982: Alex Frolov

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