1987–88 Minnesota North Stars · NHL
Division 5th Norris
Conference 10th Campbell
1987–88 record 19–48–13
Goals for 242
Goals against 349
General Manager Lou Nanne
Coach Herb Brooks
Captain Craig Hartsburg
Arena Met Center
Team Leaders
Goals Dino Ciccarelli (41)
Assists Dino Ciccarelli (45)
Points Dino Ciccarelli (86)
Penalties in minutes Basil McRae (382)
Wins Don Beaupre (10)
Goals against average Jon Casey (3.71)
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1986–87 1988–89

The 1987–88 Minnesota North Stars season was the North Stars' 21st season. The Stars finished 5th in the Norris Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 6 Dave Archibald (RW) Flag of Canada Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The leading scorer for the North Stars in 1987–88 was Dino Ciccarelli. However, he became involved in controversy when, on January 6, 1988, he struck Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Luke Richardson with his stick in a game at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Ciccarelli was arrested and charged with assault. He was eventually fined $1000 and sentenced to one day in jail.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Norris Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Detroit Red Wings 80 41 28 11 322 269 93
St. Louis Blues 80 34 38 8 278 294 76
Chicago Blackhawks 80 30 41 9 284 328 69
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 21 49 10 273 345 52
Minnesota North Stars 80 19 48 13 242 349 51

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 T October 8, 1987 2–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 0–0–1
2 L October 10, 1987 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 0–1–1
3 L October 12, 1987 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1987–88) 0–2–1
4 W October 14, 1987 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 1–2–1
5 L October 17, 1987 2–5 Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 1–3–1
6 L October 19, 1987 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 1–4–1
7 W October 22, 1987 5–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 2–4–1
8 W October 24, 1987 7–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 3–4–1
9 W October 27, 1987 5–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 4–4–1
10 L October 29, 1987 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 4–5–1
11 T October 31, 1987 3–3 OT Washington Capitals (1987–88) 4–5–2
12 T November 3, 1987 2–2 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 4–5–3
13 W November 4, 1987 7–4 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 5–5–3
14 L November 7, 1987 1–4 Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 5–6–3
15 L November 8, 1987 5–8 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 5–7–3
16 L November 11, 1987 3–4 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 5–8–3
17 W November 13, 1987 5–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 6–8–3
18 L November 14, 1987 1–4 @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 6–9–3
19 L November 18, 1987 2–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 6–10–3
20 W November 19, 1987 4–3 New York Rangers (1987–88) 7–10–3
21 L November 21, 1987 5–7 Boston Bruins (1987–88) 7–11–3
22 L November 25, 1987 3–4 OT St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 7–12–3
23 W November 27, 1987 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 8–12–3
24 W November 28, 1987 6–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 9–12–3
25 W December 1, 1987 3–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 10–12–3
26 T December 5, 1987 4–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 10–12–4
27 L December 6, 1987 4–10 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 10–13–4
28 W December 8, 1987 3–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 11–13–4
29 L December 10, 1987 4–5 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 11–14–4
30 L December 12, 1987 0–5 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 11–15–4
31 L December 16, 1987 2–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 11–16–4
32 L December 18, 1987 3–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 11–17–4
33 L December 19, 1987 1–3 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 11–18–4
34 T December 21, 1987 0–0 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 11–18–5
35 L December 23, 1987 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 11–19–5
36 L December 26, 1987 4–5 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 11–20–5
37 W December 27, 1987 5–4 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 12–20–5
38 W December 30, 1987 6–4 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 13–20–5
39 L December 31, 1987 1–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 13–21–5
40 L January 2, 1988 3–5 New York Rangers (1987–88) 13–22–5
41 T January 5, 1988 3–3 OT @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 13–22–6
42 T January 6, 1988 5–5 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 13–22–7
43 L January 9, 1988 3–4 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 13–23–7
44 L January 11, 1988 4–5 Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 13–24–7
45 T January 13, 1988 3–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 13–24–8
46 L January 15, 1988 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 13–25–8
47 W January 16, 1988 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 14–25–8
48 L January 19, 1988 3–6 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 14–26–8
49 L January 21, 1988 1–6 @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 14–27–8
50 L January 23, 1988 0–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 14–28–8
51 W January 24, 1988 5–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 15–28–8
52 W January 27, 1988 2–1 New York Islanders (1987–88) 16–28–8
53 L January 28, 1988 1–9 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 16–29–8
54 L January 30, 1988 0–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 16–30–8
55 L February 3, 1988 0–2 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 16–31–8
56 L February 4, 1988 0–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 16–32–8
57 T February 6, 1988 8–8 OT Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 16–32–9
58 L February 13, 1988 3–7 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 16–33–9
59 L February 17, 1988 4–5 Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 16–34–9
60 L February 20, 1988 0–3 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 16–35–9
61 W February 22, 1988 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 17–35–9
62 L February 24, 1988 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 17–36–9
63 L February 27, 1988 4–7 @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 17–37–9
64 L February 28, 1988 6–8 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 17–38–9
65 L March 1, 1988 3–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 17–39–9
66 L March 3, 1988 3–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 17–40–9
67 L March 5, 1988 2–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 17–41–9
68 L March 9, 1988 2–6 Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 17–42–9
69 W March 12, 1988 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 18–42–9
70 T March 14, 1988 2–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 18–42–10
71 L March 16, 1988 1–2 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 18–43–10
72 T March 17, 1988 2–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 18–43–11
73 T March 20, 1988 5–5 OT Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 18–43–12
74 L March 21, 1988 1–5 New York Islanders (1987–88) 18–44–12
75 W March 23, 1988 5–4 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 19–44–12
76 L March 26, 1988 1–8 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 19–45–12
77 T March 28, 1988 7–7 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 19–45–13
78 L March 30, 1988 3–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 19–46–13
79 L April 1, 1988 1–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 19–47–13
80 L April 3, 1988 1–4 @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 19–48–13

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The North Stars failed to 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
Dino Ciccarelli 67 41 45 86 79
Brian Bellows 77 40 41 81 81
Brian MacLellan 75 16 32 48 74
Brian Lawton 74 17 24 41 71
Neal Broten 54 9 30 39 32
Dave Archibald 78 13 20 33 26
Bob Brooke 77 5 20 25 108
Scott Bjugstad 33 10 12 22 15
Dave Gagner 51 8 11 19 55

Defencemen[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Moe Mantha 30 9 13 22 4
Craig Hartsburg 27 3 16 19 29
Frank Musil 80 9 8 17 213

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Don Beaupre 43 10 22 3 0 4.22
Kari Takko 37 8 19 6 1 4.47
Jon Casey 14 1 7 4 0 3.71

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]


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