The end of the North Stars (20th anniversary edition)

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  • Updated: April 14, 2013 - 11:40 PM

Twenty years ago, after a loss in Detroit, the players trudged out of the visiting locker room at Joe Louis Arena and the Minnesota North Stars were finished.

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caferevApr. 15, 1312:48 AM

Nice piece. I miss that franchise so much to this day. And hearing those words from Al Shaver again, just like he said them on the air back then, tugs at my heartstrings. It was a tragic loss. The North Star state losing its North Stars? I loved that team.

gumpworsleyApr. 15, 13 1:33 AM

I remember the last home game against chicago and, at the very end, people were crying and just sitting there grasping at the memories, and then broton came back to the ice and did one last skate-around. i grew up in that arena since the days of moose vasko, leo boiven, maniago, ray cullen, etc. Seats on the red line were $6.50 and $3.50 in the second deck. besides the 1991 stanley cup run i will never forget that last game and the end of an era.

crockrockApr. 15, 13 2:51 AM

Brought a tear to the eye; that should of never happened ; remember Shavers last words as that game ended; " it's over"! I was a puddle! We all know there is a hockey god and he owes us one; an Alberta sweep would be nice for the Wild who by the way should of been able to claim back that North Star name!!

MagicApr. 15, 13 8:19 AM

I was at that last Chicago game and Yes I cried. I walked around Met Center's narrow concources in disbelief. I know its just sports, but Minnesota lost a part of their culture that night.

mnhockeyguyApr. 15, 13 8:43 AM

Some of my fondest hockey memories are of my dad taking me to the Met and having to walk in the frigid cold across that huge parking lot that never seemed to end. But once we were finally it was quite a treat to see Broten, Modano, and Bellows all on the same ice.

bgrahamApr. 15, 13 9:42 AM

I don't live in the Twin Cities, but the North Stars will always be my team. My first game was in 1976 versus the Colorado Rockies. I was 10 years old. I just wish I could have seen more games when I was younger during the days of Maniago, Worsley etc... The Met Center was the most amazing arena I had every laid eyes on with those great multiple colored seats and how loud the building would get. I totally feel Al Shaver's pain even today. I did see the North Stars second to last home game in the final year versus St. Louis, which turned out to be the last win in team history. Driving down 494 and not seeing the Met anymore is so depressing. It's great to have the Wild, but the NHL has changed so much since the North Stars days and not for the better.

wildinwisApr. 15, 13 9:42 AM

grew up in Minnesota, and remember my first hockey game my dad took me to was a North Stars game...I was hooked on hockey for life!GO WILD!!! give us some great memories!!

nstars16Apr. 15, 13 9:52 AM

The BEST 26 years of My Life as a North Star Season Ticket Holder.

jimmy68Apr. 15, 13 9:54 AM

north stars v sabres was the first hockey game i went to and i still have the program! my pops is still not sure to this day why he decided to take his little girl to a hockey game but i'm glad he did. later, my sister and cousins and friends would take advatage of student night and it seemed like we were there every night. what fun we had at the old met, watching games signing 'celebration' after each goal, hating al secord, chanting 'dino, dino, dino'...... i'm glad the nhl got it's act together and 'gave' us a team. norm green you still sux and you shouldn't have taken the name with you.

oldmotorheadApr. 15, 1310:00 AM

Norm wanted to build a new arena in Bloomington, but the Met Council with all it's "downtown" money backers wouldn't let him if he didn't build it in downtown Mpls. So don't blame Norm Greene, blame the big downtown money boys. They got their Target Center; that really helped hockey in the state, didn't it!


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