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1979–80 Minnesota North Stars · NHL
Division 3rd Adams
Conference 4th Prince of Wales
1979–80 record 36-28-16
Goals for 311
Goals against 253
General Manager Lou Nanne
Coach Glen Sonmor
Captain Paul Shmyr
Arena Met Center
Team Leaders
Goals Al MacAdam
Steve Payne (42)
Assists Bobby Smith (56)
Points Al MacAdam (93)
Penalties in minutes Brad Maxwell (126)
Wins Gilles Meloche (27)
Goals against average Gilles Meloche (3.06)
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1978–79 1980–81

The 1979–80 Minnesota North Stars season was the team's 13th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The North Stars finished 3rd in the Adams Division and lost in the Semi-finals to the Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club team

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The previous year's merger with the Cleveland Barons began to pay off as the North Stars finished with a winning record for the first time in seven years, and finished in third place in the Adams Division with 88 points. Former Baron Al MacAdam led the team in scoring with 93 points and captured the Bill Masterton Trophy. In the playoffs, the North Stars shocked the hockey world by eliminating the 4-time Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens in seven games. The upset earned the North Stars a trip to the semi-finals. [1]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Buffalo Sabres 80 47 17 16 318 201 110
Boston Bruins 80 46 21 13 310 234 105
Minnesota North Stars 80 36 28 16 311 253 88
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 35 40 5 304 327 75
Quebec Nordiques 80 25 44 11 248 313 61

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 W October 11, 1979 4–1 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 1–0–0
2 W October 13, 1979 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 2–0–0
3 W October 14, 1979 5–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 3–0–0
4 L October 17, 1979 2–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 3–1–0
5 L October 19, 1979 2–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 3–2–0
6 T October 21, 1979 5–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 3–2–1
7 W October 24, 1979 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 4–2–1
8 W October 27, 1979 7–2 New York Rangers (1979–80) 5–2–1
9 W October 31, 1979 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 6–2–1
10 L November 1, 1979 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 6–3–1
11 W November 3, 1979 7–1 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 7–3–1
12 T November 6, 1979 7–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 7–3–2
13 W November 9, 1979 6–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 8–3–2
14 T November 10, 1979 6–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 8–3–3
15 W November 14, 1979 7–2 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 9–3–3
16 L November 17, 1979 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 9–4–3
17 T November 18, 1979 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 9–4–4
18 W November 21, 1979 3–1 New York Islanders (1979–80) 10–4–4
19 T November 24, 1979 3–3 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 10–4–5
20 L November 25, 1979 2–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 10–5–5
21 T November 28, 1979 4–4 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 10–5–6
22 L November 29, 1979 4–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 10–6–6
23 T December 1, 1979 4–4 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 10–6–7
24 W December 5, 1979 6–1 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 11–6–7
25 W December 7, 1979 4–1 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 12–6–7
26 W December 12, 1979 5–4 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 13–6–7
27 L December 14, 1979 2–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 13–7–7
28 W December 15, 1979 3–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 14–7–7
29 W December 17, 1979 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 15–7–7
30 W December 19, 1979 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 16–7–7
31 W December 26, 1979 6–0 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 17–7–7
32 L December 27, 1979 3–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 17–8–7
33 L December 29, 1979 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 17–9–7
34 W December 31, 1979 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 18–9–7
35 W January 2, 1980 2–1 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 19–9–7
36 T January 5, 1980 2–2 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 19–9–8
37 W January 7, 1980 7–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 20–9–8
38 W January 9, 1980 6–2 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 21–9–8
39 L January 12, 1980 5–6 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 21–10–8
40 L January 15, 1980 1–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 21–11–8
41 W January 16, 1980 7–3 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 22–11–8
42 L January 19, 1980 4–5 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 22–12–8
43 L January 21, 1980 0–3 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 22–13–8
44 L January 23, 1980 4–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 22–14–8
45 T January 26, 1980 4–4 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 22–14–9
46 L January 27, 1980 0–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 22–15–9
47 T January 29, 1980 2–2 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 22–15–10
48 L January 31, 1980 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 22–16–10
49 L February 2, 1980 4–5 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 22–17–10
50 W February 3, 1980 6–2 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 23–17–10
51 W February 9, 1980 5–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 24–17–10
52 W February 10, 1980 6–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 25–17–10
53 L February 13, 1980 3–5 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 25–18–10
54 T February 16, 1980 2–2 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 25–18–11
55 W February 18, 1980 6–2 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 26–18–11
56 T February 19, 1980 4–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 26–18–12
57 W February 21, 1980 5–2 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 27–18–12
58 W February 23, 1980 6–3 New York Rangers (1979–80) 28–18–12
59 L February 24, 1980 5–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 28–19–12
60 W February 26, 1980 5–4 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 29–19–12
61 L February 28, 1980 3–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 29–20–12
62 L March 1, 1980 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 29–21–12
63 T March 2, 1980 2–2 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 29–21–13
64 T March 5, 1980 3–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 29–21–14
65 L March 8, 1980 2–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 29–22–14
66 L March 9, 1980 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 29–23–14
67 L March 12, 1980 3–4 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 29–24–14
68 L March 15, 1980 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 29–25–14
69 W March 16, 1980 6–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 30–25–14
70 W March 18, 1980 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 31–25–14
71 W March 19, 1980 7–4 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 32–25–14
72 W March 21, 1980 4–3 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 33–25–14
73 W March 23, 1980 7–1 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 34–25–14
74 W March 25, 1980 7–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 35–25–14
75 W March 28, 1980 2–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 36–25–14
76 L March 30, 1980 3–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 36–26–14
77 T April 1, 1980 1–1 New York Islanders (1979–80) 36–26–15
78 T April 2, 1980 1–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 36–26–16
79 L April 5, 1980 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 36–27–16
80 L April 6, 1980 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 36–28–16

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Minnesota North Stars 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 0[edit | edit source]

    • 4/8/1980 Toronto Maple Leafs 6 - 3 (Stars lead 1 - 0)
    • 4/9/1980 Toronto Maple Leafs 7 - 2 (Stars lead 2 - 0)
    • 4/11/1980 at Toronto Maple Leafs 4 - 3 (Stars win 3 - 0)

Minnesota North Stars 4, Montreal Canadiens 3[edit | edit source]

    • 4/16/1980 at Montreal Canadiens 3 - 0 (Stars lead 1 - 0)
    • 4/17/1980 at Montreal Canadiens 4 - 1 (Stars lead 2 - 0)
    • 4/19/1980 Montreal Canadiens 0 - 5 (Stars lead 2 - 1)
    • 4/20/1980 Montreal Canadiens 1 - 5 (Series tied 2 - 2)
    • 4/22/1980 at Montreal Canadiens 2 - 6 (Canadiens lead 3 - 2)
    • 4/24/1980 Montreal Canadiens 5 - 2 (Series tied 3 - 3)
    • 4/27/1980 at Montreal Canadiens 3 - 2 (Stars win 4 - 3)
    • Series winning goal scored by Al McAdam.[2]

Philadelphia Flyers 4, Minnesota North Stars 1[edit | edit source]

    • 4/29/1980 at Philadelphia Flyers 6 - 5 (Stars lead 1 - 0)
    • 5/1/1980 at Philadelphia Flyers 0 - 7 (Series tied 1 - 1)
    • 5/4/1980 Philadelphia Flyers 3 - 5 (Flyers lead 2 - 1)
    • 5/6/1980 Philadelphia Flyers 2 - 3 (Flyers lead 3 - 1)
    • 5/8/1980 at Philadelphia Flyers 3 - 7 (Flyers win 4 - 1)

[3]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Al MacAdam 80 42 51 93 +36 24
Steve Payne 80 42 43 85 +37 40

[4]

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Gilles Meloche 54 3141 27 20 5 160 1 3.06

[4]

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Trades[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nhl/minnystars/northstars.html
  2. The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.240, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  3. http://www.databasehockey.com/teams/teamyear.htm?tm=MNS&yr=1979
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/MNS/1980.html
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