Bill Goldsworthy
Bill Goldsworthy
Bill Goldsworthy
Met Center fans never got tired of watching this guy's post goal celebration, known to himself and fans as the "Goldy shuffle". Bill Goldsworthy was unquestionably the first big North Star talent as well as one of the league's emerging stars of the expansion era. In his first season with Minnesota he led all NHL scorers in points in the 1967 playoffs. He later became the first player to record 200 goals with a post '67 team.
    He scored a club record of 48 goals in 1973-74 season that stood for eight years before Dino Ciccerilli broke the mark. He was elected to play in five All-Star games. He captained the Stars from 1974 to 1976. He could play at both ends of the ice and unlike some stars of his day, Bill was known as a solid team player. It was this very quality that helped him to be selected on Team Canada's Summit Series team that defeated the Russians in 1972.
    As much ability as Bill possessed some say that he could of been even better. Most of his best years were spent on talent depleted squads with little or no depth. His off ice struggle with alcoholism was a suspect contributor as well.
    On February 15th, 1992 Bill's number eight was retired in a memorable ceremony in front of a sell out crowd at Met Center. Two years later he was diagnosed with Aids. On May 29th, 1996, at the age of 51, Bill passed away. He died only a few miles from the grounds where he entertained hockey audiences so well.
Career Statistics
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1964-65  Boston Bruins               NHL     2    0    0    0    0
1965-66  Oklahoma-City Blazers       CPHL   22    2    5    7   65
1965-66  Boston Bruins               NHL    13    3    1    4    6
1966-67  Oklahoma-City Blazers       CPHL   11    4    1    5   14
1966-67  Buffalo Bison               AHL    22    9   11   20   42
1966-67  Boston Bruins               NHL    18    3    5    8   21
1967-68  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    68   14   19   33   68
1968-69  Memphis South Stars         CHL     6    4    0    4    6
1968-69  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    68   14   10   24  110
1969-70  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    75   36   29   65   89
1970-71  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    77   34   31   65   85
1971-72  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    78   31   31   62   59
1972-73  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    75   27   33   60   97
1973-74  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    74   48   26   74   73
1974-75  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    71   37   35   72   77
1975-76  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    68   24   22   46   47
1976-77  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    16    2    3    5    6
1976-77  New-York Rangers            NHL    61   10   12   22   43
1977-78  New-Haven Nighthawks        AHL     4    1    2    3    4
1977-78  Indianapolis Racers         WHA    32    8   10   18   10
1977-78  New-York Rangers            NHL     7    0    1    1   12
1978-79  Edmonton Oilers             WHA    17    4    2    6   14
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         WHA Totals                         49   12   12   24   24
         NHL Totals                        771  283  258  541  793

Data Courtesy of the Internet Hockey Database
Bill Goldsworthy Dies of AIDS