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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-seasonEdit

Draft PicksEdit

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

Regular SeasonEdit

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 StandingsEdit

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 LogEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 8, 19872–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 0–0–1
2LOctober 10, 19874–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 0–1–1
3LOctober 12, 19872–4 @ New York Rangers (1987–88) 0–2–1
4WOctober 14, 19874–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 1–2–1
5LOctober 17, 19872–5 Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 1–3–1
6LOctober 19, 19871–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 1–4–1
7WOctober 22, 19875–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 2–4–1
8WOctober 24, 19877–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 3–4–1
9WOctober 27, 19875–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 4–4–1
10LOctober 29, 19872–3 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 4–5–1
11TOctober 31, 19873–3 OT Washington Capitals (1987–88) 4–5–2
12TNovember 3, 19872–2 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 4–5–3
13WNovember 4, 19877–4 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 5–5–3
14LNovember 7, 19871–4 Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 5–6–3
15LNovember 8, 19875–8 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 5–7–3
16LNovember 11, 19873–4 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 5–8–3
17WNovember 13, 19875–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 6–8–3
18LNovember 14, 19871–4 @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 6–9–3
19LNovember 18, 19872–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 6–10–3
20WNovember 19, 19874–3 New York Rangers (1987–88) 7–10–3
21LNovember 21, 19875–7 Boston Bruins (1987–88) 7–11–3
22LNovember 25, 19873–4 OT St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 7–12–3
23WNovember 27, 19874–2 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 8–12–3
24WNovember 28, 19876–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 9–12–3
25WDecember 1, 19873–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 10–12–3
26TDecember 5, 19874–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 10–12–4
27LDecember 6, 19874–10 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 10–13–4
28WDecember 8, 19873–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 11–13–4
29LDecember 10, 19874–5 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 11–14–4
30LDecember 12, 19870–5 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 11–15–4
31LDecember 16, 19872–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 11–16–4
32LDecember 18, 19873–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 11–17–4
33LDecember 19, 19871–3 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 11–18–4
34TDecember 21, 19870–0 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 11–18–5
35LDecember 23, 19873–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 11–19–5
36LDecember 26, 19874–5 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 11–20–5
37WDecember 27, 19875–4 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 12–20–5
38WDecember 30, 19876–4 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 13–20–5
39LDecember 31, 19871–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 13–21–5
40LJanuary 2, 19883–5 New York Rangers (1987–88) 13–22–5
41TJanuary 5, 19883–3 OT @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 13–22–6
42TJanuary 6, 19885–5 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 13–22–7
43LJanuary 9, 19883–4 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 13–23–7
44LJanuary 11, 19884–5 Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 13–24–7
45TJanuary 13, 19883–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 13–24–8
46LJanuary 15, 19881–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 13–25–8
47WJanuary 16, 19884–2 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 14–25–8
48LJanuary 19, 19883–6 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 14–26–8
49LJanuary 21, 19881–6 @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 14–27–8
50LJanuary 23, 19880–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 14–28–8
51WJanuary 24, 19885–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 15–28–8
52WJanuary 27, 19882–1 New York Islanders (1987–88) 16–28–8
53LJanuary 28, 19881–9 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 16–29–8
54LJanuary 30, 19880–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 16–30–8
55LFebruary 3, 19880–2 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 16–31–8
56LFebruary 4, 19880–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 16–32–8
57TFebruary 6, 19888–8 OT Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 16–32–9
58LFebruary 13, 19883–7 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 16–33–9
59LFebruary 17, 19884–5 Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 16–34–9
60LFebruary 20, 19880–3 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 16–35–9
61WFebruary 22, 19884–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 17–35–9
62LFebruary 24, 19882–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 17–36–9
63LFebruary 27, 19884–7 @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 17–37–9
64LFebruary 28, 19886–8 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 17–38–9
65LMarch 1, 19883–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 17–39–9
66LMarch 3, 19883–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 17–40–9
67LMarch 5, 19882–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 17–41–9
68LMarch 9, 19882–6 Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 17–42–9
69WMarch 12, 19886–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 18–42–9
70TMarch 14, 19882–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 18–42–10
71LMarch 16, 19881–2 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 18–43–10
72TMarch 17, 19882–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 18–43–11
73TMarch 20, 19885–5 OT Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 18–43–12
74LMarch 21, 19881–5 New York Islanders (1987–88) 18–44–12
75WMarch 23, 19885–4 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 19–44–12
76LMarch 26, 19881–8 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 19–45–12
77TMarch 28, 19887–7 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 19–45–13
78LMarch 30, 19883–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 19–46–13
79LApril 1, 19881–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 19–47–13
80LApril 3, 19881–4 @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 19–48–13

PlayoffsEdit

  • The North Stars failed to qualify for the post season.

Player StatsEdit

ForwardsEdit

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

DefencemenEdit

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

GoaltendingEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit


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