HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FORMER
(he turned 51 on this date)
Dave Tippett was a professional hockey player who began his career with the junior hockey team, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) for two seasons. He then played collegiate hockey for two seasons with the University of North Dakota where he captained the Frozen Four Championship team.
Tippet was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Hartford Whalers in February 1984. He played for the Whalers for six seasons and was traded to the Washington Capitals, then went to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, and Houston Aeros. He ended his playing career after the 1994-95 season with the Houston Aeros but he immediately returned to work in a coaching capacity beginning with the Aeros (1994-1999) then the Los Angeles Kings (1999-2002), Dallas Stars (2002-2009), and the Phoenix Coyotes with whom he coaches presently.
- the stainless steel dome roof of the Civic Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, opened for a Pittsburgh Phantoms game against the Minnesota Arctic Blast to the theme from Space Odyssey; it was the first time it was opened for a professional hockey game
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
How much did the Pittsburgh Penguins pay for their NHL franchise?
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