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Don Blackburn
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Don Blackburn Whalers Career Highlights
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10/7/1973 Don Blackburn plays his 1st Whalers game vs Quebec. 
10/13/1973 Don Blackburn scores his 1st Whalers goal vs Chicago. 
11/7/1973 Don Blackburn sets the Whalers (WHA) record for points in a game with 5 (2g, 3a) vs Winnipeg. 
12/24/1973 Don Blackburn scores at 8:11 of overtime for the game winner vs Vancouver. 
3/20/1974 Don Blackburn scores his career high 20th goal of the season vs Edmonton. 
4/6/1974 Don Blackburn scores his 1st Whalers playoff goal vs Chicago. 
12/14/1974 Terry Caffery and Don Blackburn each record a hat trick (the first time two Whalers record hat tricks in the same game) vs Quebec. 
1/4/1975 Don Blackburn scores the winner at 1:25 of overtime in the final game at the Easter States Exhibition Center vs Vancouver. 
1/11/1975 Whalers play 1st game at Hartford Civic Center, a 4-3 overtime win vs San Diego. Don Blackburn scores the Whalers 1st goal, Garry Swain scores the game winning goal in overtime shorthanded, and goalie Al Smith records the win. 
12/22/1975 Don Blackburn plays his 146th and last Whalers game vs Cleveland. He would be named head coach 4 days later. 
12/26/1975 Don Blackburn coaches his first Whalers game (his 1st win) vs Cincinnati. 
12/26/1975 Jack Kelley resigns as head coach and GM. Don Blackburn retires and replaces him as head coach. Ron Ryan is named GM. 
3/11/1976 Harry Neale is named head coach replacing Don Blackburn who remains with the club as assistant to the GM. 
4/1/1979 Bill Dineen is releived of his coaching duties and Don Blackburn is named interim head coach. 
5/8/1979 Don Blackburn is named head coach after acting as interim coach when Bill Dineen was releived of his coaching position.