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1974–75 Minnesota North Stars · NHL
Division 4th Smythe
1974–75 record 23–50–7
Goals for 221
Goals against 341
General Manager Jack Gordon
Coach Jack Gordon
Charlie Burns
Captain Bill Goldsworthy
Arena Met Center
Team Leaders
Goals Bill Goldsworthy (37)
Assists Dennis Hextall (57)
Points Dennis Hextall (74)
Penalties in minutes Dennis Hextall (147)
Wins Cesare Maniago (11)
Goals against average Pete LoPresti (4.19)
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1973–74 1975–76

The 1974–75 Minnesota North Stars season was the team's 8th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The North Stars finished 4th in the Smythe Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Melee after the first Dave Forbes-Henry Boucha fight, January 4, 1975.

At 8:22 of the first period of the Boston-Minnesota game on January 4, 1975, Dave Forbes checked Henry Boucha into the boards in the North Stars corner. Boucha took exception and suckered punched Forbes. A melee ensued which quickly died down. Terry O'Reilly was deemed to be the third man in and was given a game misconduct. Boucha and Forbes were each given seven penalty minutes and both went to the box without any overt animosity. However, as soon as their penalties expired and they took to the ice, Forbes butt ended Boucha in the face, fracturing his eye socket. Another melee ensued but quickly ended as the extend of Boucha's injury was realized. Bleeding profusely, Boucha was stretchered off. When the dust settled, Boston was short handed for ten minutes, which they killed off. The Bruins went on to win 8-0, scoring a short handed goal and seven power plays goals, an NHL record. Forbes was given a ten game suspension and charged with aggravated assault. His trail ended in a hung jury. Forbes and the Bruins settled a civil case by paying Boucha in excess of one million dollars. Boucha made a comeback, playing the next season for the Kansas City Scouts and the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA but with his vision permanently affected, he retired from pro hockey.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Vancouver Canucks 80 38 32 10 271 254 86
St. Louis Blues 80 35 31 14 269 267 84
Chicago Black Hawks 80 37 35 8 268 241 82
Minnesota North Stars 80 23 50 7 221 341 53
Kansas City Scouts 80 15 54 11 184 328 41

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]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 9, 1974 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 0–1–0
2 W October 12, 1974 6–0 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 1–1–0
3 T October 16, 1974 1–1 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 1–1–1
4 L October 19, 1974 1–2 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 1–2–1
5 L October 20, 1974 0–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 1–3–1
6 W October 22, 1974 3–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 2–3–1
7 T October 25, 1974 2–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 2–3–2
8 L October 26, 1974 0–4 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 2–4–2
9 T October 30, 1974 3–3 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 2–4–3
10 L November 3, 1974 1–10 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 2–5–3
11 L November 4, 1974 1–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 2–6–3
12 L November 6, 1974 4–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 2–7–3
13 L November 7, 1974 0–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 2–8–3
14 W November 9, 1974 7–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 3–8–3
15 W November 13, 1974 7–4 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 4–8–3
16 L November 14, 1974 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 4–9–3
17 W November 16, 1974 3–1 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 5–9–3
18 L November 18, 1974 4–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 5–10–3
19 W November 21, 1974 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 6–10–3
20 W November 23, 1974 3–1 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 7–10–3
21 T November 24, 1974 4–4 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 7–10–4
22 W November 27, 1974 6–4 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 8–10–4
23 W November 30, 1974 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 9–10–4
24 L December 1, 1974 0–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 9–11–4
25 L December 3, 1974 5–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 9–12–4
26 L December 4, 1974 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 9–13–4
27 L December 6, 1974 3–5 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 9–14–4
28 L December 8, 1974 0–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 9–15–4
29 L December 10, 1974 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 9–16–4
30 L December 12, 1974 0–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 9–17–4
31 W December 14, 1974 4–2 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 10–17–4
32 L December 18, 1974 0–7 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 10–18–4
33 W December 21, 1974 8–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 11–18–4
34 T December 26, 1974 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 11–18–5
35 L December 28, 1974 2–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 11–19–5
36 L December 30, 1974 1–8 New York Rangers (1974–75) 11–20–5
37 L January 2, 1975 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 11–21–5
38 L January 4, 1975 0–8 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 11–22–5
39 L January 6, 1975 2–5 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 11–23–5
40 L January 8, 1975 2–4 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 11–24–5
41 L January 15, 1975 3–5 New York Rangers (1974–75) 11–25–5
42 L January 18, 1975 4–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 11–26–5
43 T January 19, 1975 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 11–26–6
44 L January 23, 1975 0–7 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 11–27–6
45 W January 25, 1975 4–1 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 12–27–6
46 L January 28, 1975 2–6 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 12–28–6
47 L January 29, 1975 3–4 New York Islanders (1974–75) 12–29–6
48 W February 1, 1975 3–2 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 13–29–6
49 L February 2, 1975 3–5 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 13–30–6
50 L February 5, 1975 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 13–31–6
51 L February 6, 1975 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 13–32–6
52 W February 8, 1975 5–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 14–32–6
53 W February 9, 1975 3–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 15–32–6
54 L February 12, 1975 2–4 New York Islanders (1974–75) 15–33–6
55 L February 15, 1975 2–9 New York Rangers (1974–75) 15–34–6
56 W February 16, 1975 8–4 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 16–34–6
57 L February 19, 1975 2–4 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 16–35–6
58 W February 22, 1975 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 17–35–6
59 L February 23, 1975 2–4 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 17–36–6
60 L February 25, 1975 2–9 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 17–37–6
61 W February 26, 1975 3–1 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 18–37–6
62 L March 1, 1975 4–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 18–38–6
63 W March 4, 1975 6–4 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 19–38–6
64 L March 5, 1975 2–9 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 19–39–6
65 L March 8, 1975 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 19–40–6
66 L March 9, 1975 4–5 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 19–41–6
67 L March 12, 1975 4–9 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 19–42–6
68 L March 15, 1975 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 19–43–6
69 W March 16, 1975 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 20–43–6
70 L March 18, 1975 3–5 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 20–44–6
71 W March 20, 1975 5–1 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 21–44–6
72 L March 22, 1975 0–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 21–45–6
73 T March 23, 1975 3–3 New York Islanders (1974–75) 21–45–7
74 W March 25, 1975 2–1 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 22–45–7
75 W March 26, 1975 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 23–45–7
76 L March 29, 1975 1–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 23–46–7
77 L March 30, 1975 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 23–47–7
78 L April 1, 1975 3–7 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 23–48–7
79 L April 4, 1975 1–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 23–49–7
80 L April 6, 1975 0–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 23–50–7

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The North Stars did not qualify for the playoffs.

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The North Stars did not win any awards this season.

Video[edit | edit source]

Two videos of the two fights between Dave Forbes and Henry Boucha which led to Boucha's eye injury on January 4, 1975.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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