Team Recap: 27th-seeded ’82-’83 Minnesota North Stars

The 27th-seeded '82-'83 Minnesota North Stars

The 27th-seeded ’82-’83 Minnesota North Stars

  • Don Beaupre (G)
    • 2 GP   0 GS   0-0-0   3.00 GAA   .870 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Brian Bellows (LW)
    • 11 GP   10* G   2 A   12 P   +1   34 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Neal Broten (C)
    • 11 GP   5 G   10 A   15 P   Even   61 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dino Ciccarelli (RW)
    • 11 GP   8 G   13 A   21* P   +4   93* S   0 GWG   4 PIM   7* Stars
  • Ron Friest (LW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +3   1 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Curt Giles (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   7 A   8 P   Even   19 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Craig Hartsburg (D)
    • 11 GP   2 G   14* A   16 P   +10   32 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Al MacAdam (RW)
    • 11 GP   3 G   4 A   7 P   +1   20 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dan Mandich (D)
    • 11 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   12 S   1 GWG   12* PIM   3 Stars
  • Brad Maxwell (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   12 A   12 P   +4   45 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   1 Stars
  • Tom McCarthy (LW)
    • 11 GP   8 G   7 A   15 P   +3   65 S   1 GWG   10 PIM   7* Stars
  • Gilles Meloche (G)
    • 11 GP   11 GS   7-4-0   4.64 GAA   .886 SV%   0 SO   3 Stars
  • Steve Payne (LW)
    • 11 GP   6 G   2 A   8 P   +6   45 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Willi Plett (RW)
    • 11 GP   6 G   5 A   11 P   +7   34 S   0 GWG   12* PIM   0 Stars
  • Gordie Roberts (D)
    • 11 GP   3 G   6 A   9 P   +11   27 S   2* GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gary Sargent (D)
    • 11 GP   2 G   3 A   5 P   Even   19 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bobby Smith (C)
    • 11 GP   6 G   8 A   14 P   +13*   44 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   5 Stars
  • Tim Young (C)
    • 11 GP   1 G   9 A   10 P   +1   23 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 7-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 63
  • Goals/Game: 5.73 – 2nd-best in tournament
  • Goals Allowed: 57
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 5.18 – Worst for a team that won at least one series
  • Shots: 572
  • Shots Allowed: 485
  • Shots/Game: 52.0 – Best in tournament
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 44.1 – 3rd-worst for a team that won at least one series
  • # of PP’s: 23
  • PPG’s: 5
  • PP%: 21.7%
  • TSH: 32
  • PPGA: 12 – T-3rd most in tournament
  • PK%: 62.5% – 2nd-worst for a team that won at least one series
  • Penalties in minutes: 70

The ’82-’83 Minnesota North Stars were smack dab in the middle of a seven-year stretch where the original Minnesota franchise made the playoffs, including one trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The ’82-’83 North Stars were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut after last year’s representative, the ’79-’80 North Stars, breezed through their First Round matchup before facing a top seed in the Second. It was much of the same for the ’82-’83 North Stars, only they actually pushed the eventual champions to a seventh game.

First Round:

Swept 38th-seeded ’71-’72 California Golden Seals, 4-0

Second Round:

Lost to 6th-seeded ’84-’85 Edmonton Oilers, 4-3

The ’82-’83 North Stars began the season 22-12-9 under head coach Glen Sonmor. However, Sonmor had his struggles with alcoholism, which led to many bar fights, and one incident in Pittsburgh led to his removal in January of the ’82-’83 regular season. He was replaced by Murray Oliver and Minnesota would go 18-12-7 under him to finish with an overall record of 40-24-16. They totaled 96 points, which placed them 2nd in the Norris Division, behind only the Chicago Black Hawks. Minnesota’s offense was ranked 7th in the league and averaged just over four goals a game while they ranked 9th defensively, allowing 3.63 goals per game. Hockey Reference listed the North Stars’ strength of schedule 17th, out of 21 teams, while their SRS rating of 0.31 was eighth-best in the league. Minnesota faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Division Semifinals, and in a best-of-five situation, eliminated them in four games. Then, they Chicago in the Division Finals, but were beaten in five games.

Most of the North Stars’ top talent was in their early-to-mid 20s. That included both Neal Broten and Bobby Smith who were tied for the team lead in scoring with 77 points. Tom McCarthy was a close second at 76 points while Dino Ciccarelli was a close third at 75 points. Dino did lead Minnesota in goal-scoring with 37 geno’s. 18-year-old Brian Bellows was second with 35. Smith ended up being their top playmaker with 53 assists while defenseman Craig Hartsburg was a close second with 50 helpers. The North Stars had six players surpass the century mark in penalties in minutes and they were led by Willi Plett who totaled 170 PIMs. Defenseman Dan Mandich was a close second with 169. In net, Gilles Meloche appeared the most (47 games) while backup Don Beaupre, just 21-years-old to Meloche’s 32 years, appeared in 36 games. They posted nearly identical goals against averages with Meloche at 3.57 and Beaupre at 3.58. It wouldn’t change much in the playoffs as both would appear multiple times. In terms of Point Shares, it was a two-horse race between Hartsburg and Meloche as Hartsburg posted a team-high 8.2 and Meloche right behind at 8.1.

Up next are the 26th-seeded ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators!

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