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1968–69 Minnesota North Stars · NHL
Division 6th West
1968–69 record 18–43–15
Goals for 189
Goals against 270
General Manager Wren Blair
Coach Wren Blair
Captain Elmer Vasko
Alternate captains Ray Cullen
Wayne Connelly
Arena Met Center
Team Leaders
Goals Danny Grant (34)
Assists Ray Cullen (38)
Points Danny Grant (65)
Penalties in minutes Bill Goldsworthy (110)
Wins Cesare Maniago (18)
Goals against average Cesare Maniago (3.29)
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1967–68 1969–70

The 1968–69 Minnesota North Stars season was the team's 2nd season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The North Stars finished last in the West Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The North Stars wore the same jersey design as in the 1967-68 season except that shoulder yokes were added to the green home jersey.

Joey Johnston played his first NHL game on November 2, 1968 as the North Stars defeated the St. Louis Blues 2-0, their only shutout of the season. Gary Dineen played the first game of his 4 game NHL career on December 4, 1968 as Minnesota lost 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mike Chernoff played his only NHL game during the 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on December 15, 1968.

Phil Esposito makes it 3-0, January 16, 1969.

Despite making several excellent trades for forwards Danny Grant and Claude Larose in the off-season, Minnesota's offensive output was basically the same as the previous season. However, the Stars defense suffered with the trade of Bob Woytowich and gave up 44 more goals than in 1967-68. Still, the team was in contention for a playoff spot until a disastrous 14-game winless streak from December 22, 1968 until finally beating the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 23, 1969. Lou Nanne was called up for the Christmas Day game versus St. Louis, became a regular and played the rest of his ten-year career for the North Stars.

The acquisition of Leo Boivin on January 24, 1968 stabilized the defense. Because of a disappointing lack of offensive from the blueline, Mike McMahon, who scored 14 goals the previous season but had none in 1968-69, was traded along with Andre Boudrias for Tom Reid. Boudrias had also experienced a sharp drop in goal scoring from the Stars' inaugural year when he finished fourth on the team. Reid became a defensive stalwart for the next ten seasons.

The Stars climbed back into playoff contention by the end of February but the trade of Wayne Connelly (who had led the Stars in scoring the previous year) for Danny Lawson on February 16, 1969 changed the team's success and they only won twice in March. Lawson scored 3 goals and never panned out in the NHL (though he had a successful career in the WHA). Minnesota was relegated to last place in the West Division and the league.

Danny Grant led the team with 34 goals (9th in the league), 65 points and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. Goalie Cesare Maniago garnered all the team's 18 wins.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
St. Louis Blues 76 37 25 14 204 157 88
Oakland Seals 76 29 36 11 219 251 69
Philadelphia Flyers 76 20 35 21 174 225 61
Los Angeles Kings 76 24 42 10 185 260 58
Pittsburgh Penguins 76 20 45 11 189 252 51
Minnesota North Stars 76 18 43 15 189 270 51

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Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1968 5–1 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 1–0–0
2 L October 16, 1968 4–10 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 1–1–0
3 L October 17, 1968 1–3 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 1–2–0
4 W October 19, 1968 4–1 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 2–2–0
5 L October 22, 1968 2–3 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 2–3–0
6 T October 24, 1968 3–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 2–3–1
7 L October 26, 1968 0–3 New York Rangers (1968–69) 2–4–1
8 L October 30, 1968 2–4 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 2–5–1
9 W November 2, 1968 2–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 3–5–1
10 L November 3, 1968 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 3–6–1
11 L November 6, 1968 0–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 3–7–1
12 L November 7, 1968 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 3–8–1
13 W November 9, 1968 6–4 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 4–8–1
14 W November 13, 1968 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 5–8–1
15 W November 16, 1968 3–2 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 6–8–1
16 T November 17, 1968 3–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 6–8–2
17 L November 20, 1968 0–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 6–9–2
18 L November 23, 1968 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 6–10–2
19 L November 24, 1968 0–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 6–11–2
20 T November 27, 1968 3–3 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 6–11–3
21 T November 30, 1968 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 6–11–4
22 L December 1, 1968 0–4 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 6–12–4
23 L December 4, 1968 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 6–13–4
24 L December 7, 1968 2–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 6–14–4
25 W December 8, 1968 4–1 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 7–14–4
26 L December 11, 1968 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 7–15–4
27 W December 14, 1968 4–1 New York Rangers (1968–69) 8–15–4
28 L December 15, 1968 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 8–16–4
29 L December 17, 1968 2–3 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 8–17–4
30 T December 19, 1968 5–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 8–17–5
31 W December 21, 1968 3–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 9–17–5
32 L December 22, 1968 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 9–18–5
33 L December 25, 1968 0–2 St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 9–19–5
34 T December 26, 1968 4–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 9–19–6
35 L December 28, 1968 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 9–20–6
36 L December 31, 1968 3–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 9–21–6
37 T January 4, 1969 2–2 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 9–21–7
38 L January 5, 1969 1–5 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 9–22–7
39 L January 7, 1969 3–6 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 9–23–7
40 L January 9, 1969 2–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 9–24–7
41 L January 11, 1969 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 9–25–7
42 L January 12, 1969 0–2 St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 9–26–7
43 L January 15, 1969 1–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 9–27–7
44 L January 16, 1969 1–5 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 9–28–7
45 L January 19, 1969 1–3 St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 9–29–7
46 W January 23, 1969 3–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 10–29–7
47 W January 25, 1969 3–2 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 11–29–7
48 L January 26, 1969 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 11–30–7
49 L January 29, 1969 0–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 11–31–7
50 T February 1, 1969 5–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 11–31–8
51 W February 2, 1969 3–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 12–31–8
52 T February 5, 1969 5–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 12–31–9
53 L February 8, 1969 3–6 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 12–32–9
54 W February 9, 1969 3–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 13–32–9
55 L February 12, 1969 1–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 13–33–9
56 W February 15, 1969 6–2 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 14–33–9
57 L February 16, 1969 0–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 14–34–9
58 W February 19, 1969 7–4 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 15–34–9
59 W February 23, 1969 7–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1968–69) 16–34–9
60 T February 24, 1969 1–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 16–34–10
61 L February 26, 1969 5–6 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 16–35–10
62 L March 1, 1969 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 16–36–10
63 L March 3, 1969 1–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 16–37–10
64 W March 5, 1969 5–2 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 17–37–10
65 T March 9, 1969 2–2 St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 17–37–11
66 T March 11, 1969 3–3 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 17–37–12
67 T March 13, 1969 4–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 17–37–13
68 T March 15, 1969 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 17–37–14
69 W March 16, 1969 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 18–37–14
70 L March 19, 1969 2–4 New York Rangers (1968–69) 18–38–14
71 L March 20, 1969 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 18–39–14
72 L March 22, 1969 1–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 18–40–14
73 L March 23, 1969 0–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 18–41–14
74 L March 25, 1969 1–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 18–42–14
75 L March 29, 1969 2–7 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 18–43–14
76 T March 30, 1969 3–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 18–43–15

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The North Stars did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Forwards[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

# Player GP G A Pts PIM
21 Danny Grant 75 34 31 65 46
10 Ray Cullen 67 26 38 64 44
16 Claude Larose 67 25 37 62 106
11 J. P. Parise 76 22 27 49 57
7 Danny O'Shea 74 15 34 49 88
12 Wayne Connelly 55 14 16 30 11
8 Bill Goldsworthy 68 14 10 24 110
18 Bill Collins 75 9 10 19 24
22 Walt McKechnie 58 5 9 14 22
15 Andre Boudrias 53 4 9 13 6
14 Parker MacDonald 35 2 9 11 0
9 Danny Lawson 18 3 3 6 4
6 Bill Orban 21 1 5 6 10
9 Milan Marcetta 18 2 3 5 4
17 Joey Johnston 12 1 0 1 6
15, 23 Gary Dineen 4 0 1 1 0
24, 25 Barrie Meissner 5 0 1 1 2
20, 24 Brian Smith 9 0 1 1 0
24 Mike Chernoff 1 0 0 0 0

Defencemen[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

# Player GP G A Pts PIM
3 Bob McCord 69 4 17 21 70
23 Lou Nanne 41 2 12 14 47
6 Mike McMahon 43 0 11 11 21
4 Elmer Vasko 72 1 7 8 68
2 Wayne Hillman 50 0 8 8 32
5 Leo Boivin 28 1 6 7 16
5 Larry Hillman 12 1 5 6 0
20 Tom Reid 18 0 4 4 38
5, 20 Duane Rupp 29 2 1 3 8
5, 17, 23 Barry MacKenzie 6 0 1 1 6
17 Marshall Johnston 13 0 0 0 2

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

# Player GP MIN W L T SO GAA
29, 30 Cesare Maniago 64 3608 18 34 10 1 3.29
1 Gary Bauman 7 300 0 3 1 0 4.41
1, 30 Fern Rivard 13 648 0 6 4 0 4.44

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.162, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5

External Links[edit | edit source]

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