“Frozen In Time: A Minnesota North Stars History” by Adam Raider
Ice Hockey, professional, history, North Stars
October 14, 2014
5 of 5 stars (outstanding)
When the National Hockey League doubled in size from six teams to 12 in 1967, one of the brand new franchises was the Minnesota North Stars. It was fitting that the state get a professional hockey team as the sport had flourished for many years at the youth, high school, college and minor league levels. Now there would an NHL franchise to call Minnesota home.
The history of the franchise from its beginnings in that 1967-68 season up to April 15, 1993 when it played its last game before moving to Dallas is thoroughly covered in this complete book by Adam Raider. Just about anything a reader would want to know about the team during the 26-year time frame in Bloomington, Minnesota is covered.
If the reader wants to learn about the best players in franchise history such as Neal Broten, Mike Modano (while his best years were in Dallas, his first three seasons were in Minnesota), Dino Ciccarelli, or Bill Goldsworthy, there are bios on these players that take up a couple pages each. If instead the reader is more interested in some of the players who made an impact on the franchise, but wasn’t a superstar – players like Curt Giles, Gilles Meloche, Danny Grant or Basil McRae – they are covered here as well. There is also a “best of the rest” section in which fifty other players are given a paragraph or two describing their time in Minnesota. Front office personnel, the team’s only radio announcer are also given significant space in the book. This publication brought back many fond memories of my childhood and young adult life as a North Stars fan.
The book isn’t just about the players, however. It begins with a chronological narrative of the team’s history in Minnesota, from the approval by the NHL’s Board of Directors to the shuttering of Met Center in 1993. Some of the more controversial topics such as why Norm Green moved the team and what terms were really approved between the Gund brothers and the new owners in 1990 are covered and researched well. It is important to note that these are written in a fair and unbiased method. The last chapter is an excellent reference site for team records, statistics and highlights from each of the twenty-six years of Minnesota North Stars hockey. If the reader was a fan of the team, it is a book he or she must add to the home library.
I wish to thank Mr. Raider and University of Nebraska Press for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Do I recommend?
Hockey fans interested in the history of the team will enjoy this account of all twenty-six seasons the franchise played in Bloomington, Minnesota. Those who were North Stars fans during that time will especially enjoy reading this book and it is highly recommended to them.
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