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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-seasonEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

4Jan1975-1st Forbes Boucha fight

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 StandingsEdit

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 LogEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 9, 19742–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 0–1–0
2WOctober 12, 19746–0 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 1–1–0
3TOctober 16, 19741–1 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 1–1–1
4LOctober 19, 19741–2 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 1–2–1
5LOctober 20, 19740–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 1–3–1
6WOctober 22, 19743–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 2–3–1
7TOctober 25, 19742–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 2–3–2
8LOctober 26, 19740–4 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 2–4–2
9TOctober 30, 19743–3 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 2–4–3
10LNovember 3, 19741–10 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 2–5–3
11LNovember 4, 19741–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 2–6–3
12LNovember 6, 19744–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 2–7–3
13LNovember 7, 19740–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 2–8–3
14WNovember 9, 19747–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 3–8–3
15WNovember 13, 19747–4 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 4–8–3
16LNovember 14, 19743–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 4–9–3
17WNovember 16, 19743–1 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 5–9–3
18LNovember 18, 19744–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 5–10–3
19WNovember 21, 19743–2 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 6–10–3
20WNovember 23, 19743–1 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 7–10–3
21TNovember 24, 19744–4 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 7–10–4
22WNovember 27, 19746–4 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 8–10–4
23WNovember 30, 19745–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 9–10–4
24LDecember 1, 19740–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 9–11–4
25LDecember 3, 19745–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 9–12–4
26LDecember 4, 19741–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 9–13–4
27LDecember 6, 19743–5 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 9–14–4
28LDecember 8, 19740–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 9–15–4
29LDecember 10, 19743–5 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 9–16–4
30LDecember 12, 19740–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 9–17–4
31WDecember 14, 19744–2 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 10–17–4
32LDecember 18, 19740–7 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 10–18–4
33WDecember 21, 19748–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 11–18–4
34TDecember 26, 19744–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 11–18–5
35LDecember 28, 19742–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 11–19–5
36LDecember 30, 19741–8 New York Rangers (1974–75) 11–20–5
37LJanuary 2, 19753–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 11–21–5
38LJanuary 4, 19750–8 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 11–22–5
39LJanuary 6, 19752–5 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 11–23–5
40LJanuary 8, 19752–4 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 11–24–5
41LJanuary 15, 19753–5 New York Rangers (1974–75) 11–25–5
42LJanuary 18, 19754–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 11–26–5
43TJanuary 19, 19754–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 11–26–6
44LJanuary 23, 19750–7 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 11–27–6
45WJanuary 25, 19754–1 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 12–27–6
46LJanuary 28, 19752–6 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 12–28–6
47LJanuary 29, 19753–4 New York Islanders (1974–75) 12–29–6
48WFebruary 1, 19753–2 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 13–29–6
49LFebruary 2, 19753–5 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 13–30–6
50LFebruary 5, 19751–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 13–31–6
51LFebruary 6, 19752–3 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 13–32–6
52WFebruary 8, 19755–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 14–32–6
53WFebruary 9, 19753–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 15–32–6
54LFebruary 12, 19752–4 New York Islanders (1974–75) 15–33–6
55LFebruary 15, 19752–9 New York Rangers (1974–75) 15–34–6
56WFebruary 16, 19758–4 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 16–34–6
57LFebruary 19, 19752–4 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 16–35–6
58WFebruary 22, 19754–1 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 17–35–6
59LFebruary 23, 19752–4 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 17–36–6
60LFebruary 25, 19752–9 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 17–37–6
61WFebruary 26, 19753–1 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 18–37–6
62LMarch 1, 19754–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 18–38–6
63WMarch 4, 19756–4 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 19–38–6
64LMarch 5, 19752–9 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 19–39–6
65LMarch 8, 19753–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 19–40–6
66LMarch 9, 19754–5 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 19–41–6
67LMarch 12, 19754–9 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 19–42–6
68LMarch 15, 19752–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 19–43–6
69WMarch 16, 19754–3 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 20–43–6
70LMarch 18, 19753–5 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 20–44–6
71WMarch 20, 19755–1 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 21–44–6
72LMarch 22, 19750–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 21–45–6
73TMarch 23, 19753–3 New York Islanders (1974–75) 21–45–7
74WMarch 25, 19752–1 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 22–45–7
75WMarch 26, 19754–2 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 23–45–7
76LMarch 29, 19751–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 23–46–7
77LMarch 30, 19751–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 23–47–7
78LApril 1, 19753–7 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 23–48–7
79LApril 4, 19751–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 23–49–7
80LApril 6, 19750–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 23–50–7

PlayoffsEdit

  • The North Stars did not qualify for the playoffs.

Awards and RecordsEdit

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

VideoEdit

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

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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