On This Day

Minnesota North Stars in History

Events in Sport

  • 1859-01-05 1st steamboat the North Star sails up the northern Red River, America
  • 1968-01-13 Minnesota North Stars NHL player Bill Masterson, suffers head injuries during a game and dies two days later, becoming the 1st player to die as result of a game
  • 1968-01-15 Minnesota North Stars forward Bill Masterton dies 2 days after suffering a head injury in a game against the Oakland Seals; the only death as a result of a game injury in NHL history
  • 1969-10-15 Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars)
  • 1970-03-01 Minnesota coach Charlie Burns becomes the final player/coach in NHL history, when he plays in the North Stars' 8-0 win over Toronto Maple Leafs; remains in role for final month of the season
  • 1973-11-04 Chicago centre Stan Mikita registers his 1,000 NHL career point in the Black Hawks 5-3 loss to the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • 1977-12-17 Rookie defenseman Barry Beck scores first career hat trick and adds an assist in Colorado Rockies' 5-1 win v Minnesota North Stars; sets NHL record for rookie defensemen with a goal in his 6th straight game

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1980-04-02 In his first full season in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky scores for Edmonton in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota North Stars to become the youngest player to reach 50 goals at 19 years and 2 months of age

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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1980-11-11 NY Islanders' future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Mike Bossy scores 4 goals in a 6-6 tie against visiting Minnesota North Stars

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1981-05-12 NY Islanders tie their own record with two shorthanded playoff goals in a period vs Minnesota North Stars
  • 1981-05-21 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: NY Islanders win back-to-back titles; beat Minnesota North Stars, 5-1 for 4 games to 1 series win
  • 1983-12-04 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota North Stars 6-0

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1989-03-07 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Minnesota North Stars to the Washington Capitals

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli

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1991-03-31 St. Louis Blues' future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Brett Hull scores his 86th goal of the season in a 2-1 win over Minnesota North Stars; 3rd best total in NHL history

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 1991-04-14 Chic Blackhawks becomes 1st NHL regular season champion in 20 years to lose in 1st round of the playoffs (To Minn North Stars)
  • 1991-05-10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Minnesota North Stars beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 1
  • 1991-05-25 Stanley Cup Final, Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minnesota North Stars, 8-0 for a 4-2 series win; Penguins' first Final series appearance

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1941-06-02 Lou Nanne, Canadian-born American hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Sault Ste. Maria, Ontario
  • 1944-08-24 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1952-07-31 Helmuts Balderis, Latvian International Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach (Latvia, Soviet Union, Minnesota North Stars), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1955-02-22 Tim Young, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1958-02-28 Mark Pavelich, American NHL forward (Olympic gold 1980 'Miracle on Ice'; NY Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks), born in Eveleth, Minnesota (d. 2021)

Person of interestDino Ciccarelli

1960-02-08 Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (most goals for NHL undrafted player, 608), born in Sarnia, Ontario

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli

Deaths in Sport

  • 1996-03-29 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), dies at 51
  • 2021-03-04 Mark Pavelich, American NHL forward (Olympic gold 1980 'Miracle on Ice'; NY Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks), dies at 63