The Minnesota North Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the
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(NHL) for 26 seasons, from 1967 to 1993. The North Stars played their home games at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, and the team's colors for most of its history were green, yellow, gold and white. The North Stars played 2,062 regular season games and made the NHL playoffs 17 times, including two Stanley Cup Finals appearances, but were ultimately unable to win the Stanley Cup. After the 1992–93 season, the franchise moved to
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, and is now known as the Dallas Stars.



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of the Minnesota North Stars. On March 11, 1965, NHL President Clarence Campbell announced that the league would expand to twelve teams from Original Six, six through the creation of a new six-team division for the 1967–68 season. In response to Campbell's announcement, a partnership of nine men, led by Walter Bush, Walter Bush, Jr., Robert Ridder, and John Driscoll, was formed to seek a franchise for the Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Their efforts were successful, as the NHL awarded one of its six expansion franchises to Minnesota on February 9, 1966. In addition to Minnesota, the five other franchises were awarded to Oakland, California, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. The expansion fee for all six new clubs was United States Dollar, $2 million for each team ($ in dollars). The "North Stars" name was announced on May 25, 1966, following a public contest. The name is derived from the state's motto "L'Étoile du Nord", which is a French phrase meaning "The Star of the North". Months after the naming of the team, ground was broken on October 3, 1966, for a new hockey arena in Bloomington, Minnesota. The home of the North Stars, the Met Center, Metropolitan Sports Center, was built in 12 months at a cost of US$7 million ($ in dollars). The arena was ready for play for the start of the 1967–68 NHL season, but portions of the arena's construction had not been completed. Spectator seats were in the process of being installed as fans arrived at the arena for the opening home game on October 21, 1967.

Early years

On October 11, 1967, the North Stars played the first game in franchise history on the road against the St. Louis Blues, another expansion team. The game ended in a 2–2 tie, with former United States men's national ice hockey team, US National Team forward Bill Masterton scoring the first goal in franchise history. On October 21, 1967, the North Stars played their first home game against the California Seals. The North Stars won 3–1. The team achieved success early as it was in first place in the West Division halfway through the 1967–68 season. Tragedy struck the team during the first season on January 13, 1968, when Masterton suffered a fatal hit during a game against the Seals at Met Center. Skating towards the Seals goal across the blue line, Masterton fell backwards, hitting the back of his head on the ice, rendering him unconscious. He never regained consciousness and died on January 15, 1968, at the age of 29, two days after the accident. Doctors described the cause of Masterton's death as a "massive brain injury". To this date, this remains the only death to a player as a result of an injury during a game in NHL history. The North Stars retired his jersey, and later that year, hockey writers established the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy which would be given annually to a player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Following the news of Masterton's death, the North Stars lost the next six games. The North Stars would achieve success in their first year of existence by finishing in fourth place in the West Division with a record of 27–32–15, and advancing to the playoffs. During the 1968 playoffs, the North Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings in seven games after losing the first two in the series. In the next round, the West finals, the North Stars faced the St. Louis Blues in a series which would also go to a seventh game. Minnesota was one game away from advancing to the 1968 Stanley Cup Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, but in the deciding game, they lost in double overtime. The team was led in the early years by the goaltending duo Gump Worsley, Lorne "Gump" Worsley and Cesare Maniago. Defenseman Ted Harris (ice hockey), Ted Harris was the North Stars' Captain (hockey), captain. The first Stars team also included high-scoring winger Bill Goldsworthy and other quality players such as Barry Gibbs, Jude Drouin, J. P. Parisé, J. P. Parise, Danny Grant, Lou Nanne, Tom Reid (ice hockey), Tom Reid and Dennis Hextall. The World Hockey Association (WHA) began play in 1972 with a franchise based in St. Paul, the Minnesota Fighting Saints. While a number of exhibition games were played between teams in the two leagues, the North Stars never played their cross-town rivals. However, the competition for the hockey dollar between these two clubs was fierce. Despite making a good account of themselves on the ice, insurmountable financial difficulties forced the Fighting Saints to fold midway through their fourth season. A second incarnation of the Fighting Saints only lasted half of the following season before folding as well. By 1978 the North Stars had missed the playoffs in five of the previous six seasons, and had only tallied two winning seasons since joining the league. Attendance had tailed off so rapidly that the league feared that the franchise was on the verge of folding. At this point, Gordon Gund, Gordon and George Gund III, owners of the equally strapped Cleveland Barons (NHL), Cleveland Barons, stepped in with an unprecedented solution—merging the North Stars with the Barons. The merged team retained the North Stars name, colors, and history, and remained in Minnesota. However, the wealthier Gunds became majority owners of the merged team, and the North Stars moved from the then-five team Smythe Division to assume the Barons' place in the Adams Division (which would otherwise have been left with only three teams) for the 1978–79 NHL season, 1978–79 season. The recently retired Nanne was named general manager, and a number of the Barons players – notably goaltender Gilles Meloche and forwards Al MacAdam and Mike Fidler – bolstered the Minnesota lineup. Furthermore, Minnesota had drafted Bobby Smith (ice hockey), Bobby Smith, who would go on to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie that year, and Steve Payne (ice hockey), Steve Payne, who himself would go on to record 42 goals in his second campaign in 1979–80.


In the middle of this transition, a historic night awaited the North Stars. On January 7, 1980, Minnesota was scheduled to play the Philadelphia Flyers, who came to Bloomington sporting the NHL’s and major league sports’ longest undefeated streak, a 35-game run which included 25 wins and 10 ties. An all-time record Met Center crowd of 15,962 squeezed into the arena, which would remain the highest total in all 26 seasons of the North Stars franchise. Minnesota ended the Flyers' streak with a 7–1 win, with two North Stars posting hat tricks. In the quarter-final round 1980 Stanley Cup playoffs, the North Stars upset the four-time defending champion Montreal Canadiens in seven games before ultimately bowing out to Philadelphia in the following round. With the addition of new players such as Minnesota native and ex-Ice hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics, 1980 Olympian Neal Broten and sniper Dino Ciccarelli, the North Stars had five straight winning seasons starting in 1979–80 NHL season, 1979–80, which included back-to-back trips to the Stanley Cup semifinals, first against the Flyers in 1980 and then against the Calgary Flames in 1981. By defeating the Flames in 1980–81 NHL season, 1981, the North Stars reached their first Stanley Cup Final, only to lose in five games to the heavily favored New York Islanders. Following the 1981 NHL realignment to a more geographically grouped configuration, the North Stars found themselves placed in the Norris Division. Dino Ciccarelli scored a franchise record 55 goals in just his second season in 1981–82, leading Minnesota to its first division title. The team, however, bowed out of the playoffs in the first round against the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Black Hawks. In the summer of 1982, general manager Lou Nanne orchestrated one of the franchise's biggest moves ever, landing a star in the making by drafting highly coveted Brian Bellows. It paid immediate dividends, as Bellows would score 35 goals in his rookie season of 1982–83 NHL season, 1982–83 and help the team to finish with 40 wins and 96 regular season points – both the most ever recorded in the 26 years the franchise was based in Minnesota. Once again, though, the North Stars fell in the playoffs to the Chicago Blackhawks, Black Hawks, this time in the second round. Beginning in 1983–84, the team was determined to erase the failures of the previous two campaigns and came close to doing so. This was a season of change for the North Stars and their fans, as Bill Mahoney, a defensive-minded teacher of the game, took over as coach. Very early in the season, a major trade shook the organization, all of Minnesota, and the NHL. The popular Bobby Smith was shipped off to the Montreal Canadiens for a pair of defense-minded forwards, Keith Acton and Mark Napier (ice hockey), Mark Napier. The team posted the second-highest victory total in its history with 39, and win its second Norris Division crown in three years. Luckily for the North Stars, the Norris Division was very weak that year; they were the only team in the division to have a winning record that season. In the playoffs, the North Stars finally defeated their rival, the Chicago Black Hawks. Minnesota won the series 3–2, then eliminated the St. Louis Blues in seven games. Only one team remained between the North Stars’ second Stanley Cup Final appearance in four seasons: Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers. It was a tough, high-scoring series, but Edmonton's star-studded lineup proved too much for the North Stars, and the Oilers swept Minnesota in four games en route to their first Stanley Cup championship. After 1984, the franchise only had one more winning season in Minnesota, in 1985–86. Seemingly, the franchise hit bottom in 1987–88, when it won only 19 games, still the second-fewest wins in franchise history. However, the Norris Division was so weak that year (only the Red Wings finished with a winning record) that the North Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs were fighting it out for the last playoff spot from the division on the last day of the season despite having the two worst records in the league. In those days, the four top teams in each division made the playoffs, regardless of record. A loss to the Calgary Flames not only kept the North Stars out of the playoffs, but also assured them of the worst record in the league. While the late 1980s saw the franchise draft what would turn out to be their greatest player – forward Mike Modano – chronic attendance problems spurred the owners to threaten to move the club to the San Francisco Bay Area, against the league’s wishes.


The NHL instituted a compromise for the 1990–91 NHL season, 1990–91 season whereby the Gund brothers were awarded an expansion team in the Bay Area, the San Jose Sharks, that would receive players via a 1991 NHL Dispersal Draft, dispersal draft with the North Stars. A group previously petitioning for an NHL team in the Bay Area, led by Howard Baldwin and Morris Belzberg, bought the North Stars as part of the deal. Baldwin and Belzberg purchased the team from the Gund brothers for approximately $38.1 million (including $1 million in liabilities as well as giving the Gunds their share of the fees from the next three expansion teams, expected to be $7.14 million). Norman Green, a former part-owner of the Calgary Flames and a last-minute newcomer to Baldwin and Belzberg's group, purchased 51% controlling interest in the North Stars from them, with Baldwin and Belzberg sharing the remaining 49% stake in the team. Green agreed to purchase Baldwin's 24.5% share, giving him more than 75% control of the team shortly after a dispute with Baldwin arose. Belzberg maintained his share of the rest of the team's stock until October 1990, when Green became the team's sole owner by buying Belzberg's shares. In that 1991 season, despite a losing record in the regular season, the North Stars embarked on a Cinderella (sports), Cinderella run to the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals, Stanley Cup Finals. They knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues (the top two teams in the NHL during the regular season) in six games each and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers in five games, making it to the finals for the second time in franchise history. The team fought hard against the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Mario Lemieux. They won two out of the first three contests before being obliterated 8–0 in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series. It was the most one-sided defeat in a deciding game of the Stanley Cup Finals since the original Ottawa Senators (original), Ottawa Senators defeated the Dawson City Nuggets 23–2 in 1905. Following the 1991 Finals run, the North Stars adopted a new logo – the word "STARS" in italicized gold capitals over a green star with a gold outline; the gold now a more metallic shade than the previous yellowish shade. The team also adopted black as their primary color for their road uniforms, and eliminated gold from the uniform, except for the logo. Even before the logo change, it had been speculated that the North Stars would adopt a new logo following the 1990–91 season, as the future primary logo was first painted on the Met Center ice prior to the aforementioned season, albeit in a reverse color scheme than its upcoming incarnation. To celebrate the team's 25th anniversary, the team wore a commemorative patch on the left shoulder of their uniforms. The patch depicted Bill Goldsworthy, wearing a green uniform, facing off against Mike Modano, wearing the new black uniform. The North Stars made the 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs, 1992 playoffs with their new look, and took a 3–2 series lead into Game 6 at the Met Center against the Norris Division champion Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings won, 1–0, in overtime after a video referee review confirmed that Sergei Fedorov had scored a goal. This was the first use of video replay in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Wings won the seventh game at home, 5–2.

Departure to Dallas

By 1992, Norm Green was arranging a deal to turn the team into the Los Angeles Stars, playing at a new arena (which is now the Honda Center) under construction in Anaheim, California. However, as The Walt Disney Company was already in negotiations with the NHL to create an expansion team in the area, the league instead asked Green to let Disney create the Anaheim Ducks, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim while the North Stars would be allowed to relocate to any city of Green's choosing. In January 1993, Green chose Dallas as the new home of the franchise, and the decision was formally announced on March 10. Several reasons were cited for the relocation, including poor attendance during a string of losing seasons, the failure to reach deals for a new arena in either Minneapolis or Saint Paul, and a sexual harassment lawsuit against Green that resulted in his wife threatening to leave him unless he moved the team. The subsequent decision to relocate the franchise to Texas made Green much reviled in Minnesota, where he derisively came to be known as "Norm Greed". Another factor that also precipitated the move to Dallas was the fact that the team refused to play at the Target Center, where the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves played, due to the fact that Coca-Cola had advertising and pouring rights at that arena. The North Stars and the Met Center had Pepsi as their sponsor. Due to mounting financial problems resulting from poor management of his non-hockey business ventures, Green only kept the Stars for three more years before selling them to Tom Hicks in 1996. On the other hand, the Dallas franchise has taken some steps to mend the emotional wounds left in Minnesota. When the Dallas Stars won the 1999 Stanley Cup–three years after Green sold the team–their official video "Nothing Else Matters" not only included their past seasons' disappointments, but also paid tribute to the North Stars' 1991 run to the final, of which star Mike Modano and general manager Bob Gainey had been part. Modano, who retired in 2011, was the last former North Star in the NHL, leaving the Stars franchise after the season. The last active former North Star was Mike Craig (ice hockey born 1971), Mike Craig, who played in Italy until 2013. After Modano's last game as a Dallas Star, which was in Minnesota playing the Wild, Modano came on the ice as the first star wearing a North Stars jersey, getting a standing ovation from the crowd. With the departure of former North Stars scout Les Jackson (ice hockey), Les Jackson from the Dallas Stars franchise on June 30, 2020, there is no longer anyone working for Dallas who had a direct connection to the franchise's time in Minnesota.

Return of NHL hockey to Minnesota

NHL hockey returned to Minnesota when the NHL announced in 1997 that the state had been awarded an expansion franchise to begin play in the 2000–01 NHL season. In 1998, the team name for the new franchise became the Minnesota Wild. On April 4, 2017, the Wild honored the North Stars by wearing North Stars jerseys for warmups, despite the North Stars history belonging to the Dallas Stars. Martin Hanzal warmed up with number 91, as the North Stars retired number 19 in honor of Bill Masterton. Zach Parise also warmed up with equipment belonging to his father, the late Jean-Paul Parise, who played for the North Stars. An alumni game pitting the Chicago Blackhawks against Team Minnesota took place the day prior to the 2016 NHL Stadium Series. Team Minnesota featured a mix of former North Stars and Wild players, and wore throwback North Stars jerseys with the former's logo on the right shoulder and the Wild logo on the left shoulder. For the 2020–21 Minnesota Wild season, 2021 season, the Minnesota Wild introduced a version of the 1978 North Stars jersey, featuring a recolored Wild logo as part of the league-wide "Reverse Retro" jersey program.

Seasons and records

Season-by-season record

The team had 17 playoff appearances, a 77–82 playoff record, 2 Norris Division championships, and 2 Campbell Conference championships. ''Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes''

Team leaders

;Regular season * Games played: Neal Broten, 876 * Goals: Brian Bellows, 342 * Assists: Neal Broten, 547 * Points: Neal Broten, 796 * Penalty minutes: Basil McRae, 1,567 * Games: Cesare Maniago, 420 * Wins: Cesare Maniago, 145 * Shutouts: Cesare Maniago, 26 ;Playoffs * Games played: Neal Broten, 104 * Goals: Steve Payne (ice hockey), Steve Payne, 35 * Assists: Bobby Smith (ice hockey), Bobby Smith, 50 * Points: Brian Bellows, 83 * Penalty minutes: Willi Plett, 201 * Games: Gilles Meloche, 45 * Wins: Gilles Meloche and Jon Casey, 21 * Shutouts: Cesare Maniago, 3

Team scoring leaders

This is a listing of the top ten point scorers in franchise history. ''Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

NHL awards and trophies

Clarence S. Campbell Bowl *1990–91 NHL season, 1990–91 Calder Memorial Trophy *Danny Grant: 1968–69 NHL season, 1968–69 *Bobby Smith (ice hockey), Bobby Smith: 1978–79 NHL season, 1978–79 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy *Al MacAdam: 1979–80 NHL season, 1979–80


Team captains

''Note: This list does not include Dallas Stars, California Golden Seals and Cleveland Barons (NHL), Cleveland Barons captains''.
* Bob Woytowich 1967–68 * Elmer Vasko 1968–69 * Claude Larose (ice hockey, born 1942), Claude Larose 1969–70 * Ted Harris (ice hockey), Ted Harris 1970–74 * Bill Goldsworthy 1974–76 * Bill Hogaboam 1976–77 * Nick Beverley 1977–78
* J. P. Parisé, J. P. Parise 1978–79 * Paul Shmyr 1979–81 * Tim Young (ice hockey), Tim Young 1981–82 * Craig Hartsburg 1982–89 * Brian Bellows 1984 (interim) * Curt Giles 1989–91 * Mark Tinordi 1991–93

Head coaches

*Wren Blair, 1967–70 *John Muckler, 1968–69 *Charlie Burns (ice hockey), Charlie Burns, 1969–70, 1974–75 *Jack Gordon (ice hockey), Jack Gordon, 1970–75 *Parker MacDonald, 1973–74 *Ted Harris (ice hockey), Ted Harris, 1975–78 *André Beaulieu, Andre Beaulieu, 1977–78 *Lou Nanne, 1977–78
*Harry Howell (ice hockey), Harry Howell, 1978–79 *Glen Sonmor, 1978–87 *Murray Oliver, 1982–83 *Bill Mahoney, 1983–85 *Lorne Henning, 1985–87 *Herb Brooks, 1987–88 *Pierre Page, 1988–90 *Bob Gainey, 1990–93

Notable players

Hockey Hall of Fame

Retired numbers

These numbers remain retired with the Dallas Stars today. In addition to Goldsworthy and Masterton, the Stars have retired the number 7 of Neal Broten, who played with the North Stars from 1981 to 1993, and the number 9 of Mike Modano who played from 1988 to 1993.

First round draft picks

* 1967 NHL Amateur Draft, 1967: Wayne Cheesman (fourth overall) * 1968 NHL Amateur Draft, 1968: Jim Benzelock (fifth overall) * 1969 NHL Amateur Draft, 1969: Dick Redmond (fifth overall) * 1970 NHL Amateur Draft, 1970: none * 1971 NHL Amateur Draft, 1971: none * 1972 NHL Amateur Draft, 1972: Jerry Byers (12th overall) * 1973 NHL Amateur Draft, 1973: none * 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, 1974: Doug Hicks (sixth overall) * 1975 NHL Amateur Draft, 1975: Bryan Maxwell (fourth overall) * 1976 NHL Amateur Draft, 1976: Glen Sharpley (third overall) * 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, 1977: Brad Maxwell (seventh overall) * 1978 NHL Amateur Draft, 1978: Bobby Smith (ice hockey), Bobby Smith (first overall) * 1979 NHL Entry Draft, 1979: Craig Hartsburg (sixth overall) and Tom McCarthy (ice hockey b. 1960), Tom McCarthy (10th overall) * 1980 NHL Entry Draft, 1980: Brad Palmer (16th overall) * 1981 NHL Entry Draft, 1981: Ron Meighan (13th overall) * 1982 NHL Entry Draft, 1982: Brian Bellows (second overall) * 1983 NHL Entry Draft, 1983: Brian Lawton (first overall) * 1984 NHL Entry Draft, 1984: David Quinn (ice hockey), David Quinn (13th overall) * 1985 NHL Entry Draft, 1985: none * 1986 NHL Entry Draft, 1986: Warren Babe (12th overall) * 1987 NHL Entry Draft, 1987: Dave Archibald (sixth overall) * 1988 NHL Entry Draft, 1988: Mike Modano (first overall) * 1989 NHL Entry Draft, 1989: Doug Zmolek (seventh overall) * 1990 NHL Entry Draft, 1990: Derian Hatcher (eighth overall) * 1991 NHL Entry Draft, 1991: Richard Matvichuk (eighth overall) * 1992 NHL Entry Draft, 1992: none

Logos and colors

The North Stars were known for their "classic" green and gold color scheme. For the majority of their existence, the North Stars wore white jerseys with green and gold striping at home and green jerseys with white and gold stripes on the road. Black trim was added to the white jerseys in 1981, and to the green jerseys in 1988. In 1988-89, the pants changed from green to black, with three stars on each side in place of stripes. In 1991, black became the primary color, as the team underwent a complete redesign. The new logo and uniforms were carried over to Dallas after the team moved south.


WTCN-TV Channel 11 (now KARE) carried North Stars games from 1967 to 1979. Usually, 27 road games and three home games were televised each season. Frank Buetel was the play-by-play announcer from 1967 to 1970. Hal Kelly took over for the next few years. followed by Joe Boyle in the mid-1970s. Boyle was joined by color commentator Roger Buxton. After the station gained NBC affiliation in 1979, telecasts moved to KMSP-TV (now a Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox owned-and-operated station), with most called by Bob Kurtz (broadcaster), Bob Kurtz and retired North Stars defenseman Tom Reid (ice hockey), Tom Reid (incidentally, Kurtz and Reid are the Minnesota Wild's current radio announce team). KITN (now WFTC) televised North Stars games with Frank Mazzocco on play-by-play with color commentator Wally Shaver from the 1984–85 through 1986–87 seasons. The 1987–88 season saw North Stars' games telecast over Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Saint Cloud-based UHF station KPXM, KXLI (with Kurtz on play-by-play and former Islander goalie Glenn "Chico" Resch on color). After Kurtz moved on to Massachusetts-based NESN in the summer of 1988, Doug McLeod joined Resch in the broadcast booth beginning with the 1988–89 season. The North Stars' telecasts returned to KMSP in December 1988. The majority of the road games continued to be shown on KMSP, though late in the season some road games were shown on the premium channel Midwest Sports Channel. For the 1989–90 season, Tom Reid joined McLeod in the booth, replacing Resch as color analyst. The 1990–91 season saw first Lou Nanne, then Dave Maloney, and then again, for the playoffs, Nanne paired with McLeod for television broadcasts on both of these same channels. Telecasts were almost exclusively of North Stars' road games, although a handful of home games were televised during that period of time. The 1991 Stanley Cup Finals run saw home games available only on pay-per-view and not available to most hockey fans in Minnesota. Dave Hodge handled TV play-by-play, partnering with color analyst Joe Micheletti in the 1991–92 season. North Stars radio broadcasts originated from WCCO (AM), WCCO Radio from 1967 to 1978, then moved to another Twin Cities-based clear-channel station, KSTP (AM), KSTP, where radio broadcasts stayed until the team moved to Dallas in 1993, save a few seasons on a 5,000-watt radio station, KKMS (AM), WAYL. Al Shaver was the play-by-play radio announcer throughout the Stars' stay in Minnesota. During the WCCO era, Shaver was joined for many home games by WCCO's Larry Jagoe in the early seasons, followed by WCCO personality Steve Cannon (radio), Steve Cannon. Shaver's partners on KSTP were Russ Small, Ted Robinson (sportscaster), Ted Robinson, and (during the last three seasons) former Dallas Stars announcer Ralph Strangis. During the Stars' final season (1992–93), Shaver and Strangis called games on KMSP, while the Stars' cable TV game announcer, Doug McLeod, called games over KSTP and the Stars' radio network. Shaver is a ten-time Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year and, as the 1993 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award-winner, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Following the team's departure to Dallas, he called University of Minnesota Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey, Golden Gophers hockey games until his retirement in 1996. It was on the night of the Stars' final game at Joe Louis Arena versus the Detroit Red Wings that Shaver first shared the broadcast booth with his son, Wally, who is the current Gopher hockey radio announcer. The elder Shaver's call of the closing moments of the last-ever North Stars game went thus:


Al Shaver did all radio play-by-play except in 1992–93, when he did radio play-by-play on non televised games. He also missed some games when he did the High school boys ice hockey in Minnesota, high school hockey tournament in a number of years. Shaver's replacements were Bob Kurtz (sportscaster), Bob Kurtz (1979–80), Ted Robinson (sportscaster), Ted Robinson (1980–81 and 1981–82), Frank Mazzocco (1986–87), Ralph Strangis (1990–91). In 1992–93, Doug McLeod did radio play-by-play on televised games with various analysts including Doug Woog, Tom Vannelli, and Wally Shaver. Shaver did not follow the North Stars when they moved to Dallas, Texas, Dallas in 1993, opting to stay in the Twin Cities. He called University of Minnesota men's hockey for several seasons, then retired in 1996. Shaver came out of retirement for one season in 2000, when the NHL returned to Minnesota with the debut of the Minnesota Wild, calling their games during their inaugural season in 2000-01. After retiring as a player, Reid spent 12 years as color commentator for the North Stars. After the team's move to Dallas, Reid continued as an analyst for NCAA hockey. He and Bob Kurtz (broadcaster), Bob Kurtz have been part of the radio broadcast team for the Minnesota Wild since the team's inaugural season in 2000. Although Strangis had a great deal of broadcast experience, his tryout as color commentator on the Minnesota North Stars radio network was a longshot; other better-known sportscasters received more air time during the auditioning process. The five potential candidates split up a game as guest commentators alongside Al Shaver, then voice of the Minnesota North Stars. The two better-known talents each took a period and then the three longshots split up the third, with Strangis going last. When Al Shaver was asked who he liked the best, he chose Strangis. Ralph shone in his audition, with the perfect ability to complement Shaver's play-by-play with insights from the players and his own intimate knowledge of the game. When the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993, Shaver decided to not to migrate south with the franchise and retired. After three more seasons as color commentator (teaming with Mike Fornes), Strangis migrated to the play-by-play mic, effectively cementing his status as the "Voice of the Stars."


In 1979, Kurtz joined KMSP-TV, where he called Minnesota Twins games from 1979–1986 and Minnesota North Stars games from 1979–1984. He was also the North Stars play by play announcer on KXLI-TV during the 1987–88 NHL season. From 1988–1989, he was the sports director at KSTP (AM), KSTP radio, where he also called University of Minnesota hockey, football and basketball. Kurtz returned to Minnesota in 2000 when he was hired to become the first radio play by play announcer for the Minnesota Wild. He was reunited with Tom Reid (ice hockey), Tom Reid, who he previously worked with while calling games for the North Stars as well as University of Minnesota and Michigan State hockey broadcasts.

See also

* List of Minnesota North Stars players * List of Minnesota North Stars draft picks * Dallas Stars * Minnesota Wild * California Seals * Cleveland Barons (NHL), Cleveland Barons * List of defunct NHL teams * 1967 NHL expansion

Further reading


External links

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