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Frozen in time : a Minnesota North Stars history

by Adam Raider

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Adam Raider does a fantastic job writing the history of the Minnesota North Stars, one of the NHL's most important, but often forgotten franchises. It has been nearly 25 years since the Stars moved to Dallas, but for 25 years before the move, the franchise enjoyed many great moments.

Raider details the franchise's early years as one of the NHL's first expansion teams, then he delves into the mid-to-late 70s period when the team nearly folded, only to be saved by an unusual merger with the struggling Cleveland Barons. From there, there were appearances in the 1981 and 1991 Stanley Cup finals, as well as several appearances in the semi-finals.

In another section of the book, Raider lists the franchise's greatest and most important moments, as well as the team's all-time best players. There are detailed team records, all-time scoring and goaltending stats, and several beautiful photos of the Stars' legendary figures. Overall, this book is a must-read for any Minnesota hockey fan, not to mention any fan of the NHL's expansion era. ( )
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In 1967 the National Hockey League decided to double its size from six teams to twelve. This expansion was the first of its kind, and Minnesota, with its rich hockey history, was a natural choice for a new franchise. Thus the Minnesota North Stars were born.

Frozen in Time examines the organization’s signature seasons, from the late 1970s, when the club was at its worst, to its two surprising runs to the Stanley Cup Finals. The book recalls the exploits of characters such as Wren Blair, the firebrand ex-scout who would become the team’s first coach and general manager, and owner Norm Green, the man who moved the team to Texas in 1993, making him one of the most hated men in Minnesota. Here, too, is the tragic story of Bill Masterton, an original North Star whose death in 1968 as the result of an on-ice injury remains the only one in the history of the league. The team’s engaging history is brought to life with vivid recollections from former players and legends, including Cesare Maniago, Tom Reid, and Bobby Smith, and from journalists, broadcasters, front office executives, and faithful fans.

Also including season-by-season summaries, player profiles, and statistics, Frozen in Time offers an authoritative and nostalgic look at Minnesota’s still-beloved North Stars and a bygone era of pro hockey.

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