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#7 Neal Broten 1981-97
Neal Broten finished his NHL career as the most decorated player ever born in the United States. As early as high school he was a champion, taking his Roseau, MN high school to three Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournaments. He would go on to lead the University of Minnesota to the 1979 NCAA Championship and was awarded the first-ever Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top collegiate hockey player in 1981. Broten entered history in 1980 as he helped the "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic team win the gold-medal. He was the last member of that squad to play in the NHL.
Broten, fittingly, scored his first career NHL goal in his first career NHL game with the Minnesota North Stars on March 31, 1981 vs. St. Louis. In his first full season, 1981-82, he was named the franchise's Rookie of the Year after setting team records that still stand for most goals, assists and points by a rookie (38-60-98). Sixteen seasons later, Broten retired as the club's all-time leader in games played (992), assists (593) and points (867) and is third in team annals in goals (274). The team's Most Valuable Player in 1984 and 1986, Broten participated in the NHL All-Star Game in 1983 and 1986. In that 1985-86 campaign, he became the first American-born player to record 100 points (105) and set the current club mark for assists in a season with 76. Overall, he holds or shares a total of 12 Stars records.
Moving with the team to Texas in 1993, Broten scored the first-ever goal in Dallas Stars history on October 5, 1993 against Detroit. He was dealt by the Stars to New Jersey in February of 1995, where he achieved his remaining goal. Having been to the Stanley Cup Finals twice before with the Stars (1981,1991), he played an instrumental role in the Devils' Stanley Cup victory in 1995, finishing second on that championship club with 19 points (7-12-19) in 20 playoff contests. Broten began the 1996-97 season with New Jersey, and had a brief stint with Los Angeles before the Stars reacquired him off waivers on January 28, 1997. Finishing the season with Dallas, Broten totaled 923 points for his career, the second-highest point total ever for an American-born player behind only Joe Mullen (1,063).
In June of 1996, Broten was honored with USA Hockey's Distinguished Achievement Award and in April of 1997 he was named to the All-Time USA Hockey First Team. In addition, he was selected as USA Hockey's Player of the Decade for 1976-77 to 1985-86 and in the Summer of 1997 was named as a recipient of the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, one of only two players (Ken Morrow) to win the Award twice, having won it the first time as a member of the 1980 gold medal USA team. Broten's number seven was retired by the Stars on February 7, 1998.
#19 Bill Masterton 1967-68
Bill Masterton was a member of the Minnesota North Stars inaugural 1967-68 NHL team. He played two seasons of professional hockey for Hull-Ottawa of the EPHL in 1961-62 and Cleveland of the American Hockey League in 1962-63. The North Stars retired Masterton's jersey number in memory of the only professional hockey player to lose his life because of an injury suffered during an NHL game. The North Stars named the Bill Masterton Memorial Cup Award in his memory, presenting it to the North Stars player voted most valuable by his teammates during the season. Masterton's number 19 has never been worn by another North Star and was retired in 1987.
#8 Bill Goldsworthy 1967-77
Bill Goldsworthy started his career as a North Star in 1967 when Minnesota selected him from Boston in the 1967 expansion draft. He made his name with the North Stars through goal-scoring and the invention of the Goldy Shuffle. Goldsworthy set marks throughout his career, becoming the first player from a post-1967 team to score 200 goals and the first to score 250. In 1971, Goldsworthy became the team's leading scorer and goal scorer, a mark he held for over a decade. His 48-goal season in 1973-74 was the best ever by a North Star until 1981-82 and he averaged over 30 goals a year during his Stars career. In 1976, Goldsworthy became the first North Star ever to reach the 500-point plateau. In 670 games with Minnesota, he totalled 267 goals, 239 assists for 506 points. Goldsworthy's number eight was retired on February 15, 1992.