This is Bill Goldsworthy wearing one of those pretty cool Ranger uniforms from maybe 1976. Even though the Rangers are an original six team and they do have a nice uniform it is easily #6 among the other teams that played alone on NHL ice 1942-67.
So when this uniform came out it was a huge deal. Nowadays they change uniforms between periods but back then original 6 teams didn’t change one damn stitch.
Goldsworthy was a very famous North Star from expansion through the early 70s. He wore a ridiculous helmet for much of his time with Minnesota and every summer the hockey magazines that previewed the next season would have an “action” photo of Goldsworthy that would be captioned with something like “the North Stars will be relying on ‘Goldy’ again this year.’”
Goldsworthy doesn’t look quite ready for the photographer in this picture, but he did score 10 goals for the Rangers in 76-77 after coming over in a trade (for Billy Fairbairn).
Wren Blair traded all his first round picks for Montreal’s depth, but they had a fine run and one year (maybe 1971 or 1973) came pretty close to knocking off the Habs.
The Minnesota Wild are not close to the same organization as the Minnesota North Stars. Whereas the North Stars would trade away their first round picks at will, the Wild are built on high draft picks. The old Minny team relied heavily on U.S. college players and Americans, the current team is built on winning the next game and frustrating the opponent at every turn. The current roster has 4 Americans (Mark Parrish, Brian Rolston, Keith Carney and Sean Hill, 16%) while their roster in summer 1982 boasted 8 (Neal Broten, Jack Carlson, Steve Christoff, Mike Eaves, Mike Polich, Tom Younghans, Gordie Roberts, Gary Sargent, 32%).
The Oilers have a chance to lose their 10th game of the season in Game 15/82. I wish they were playing the North Stars.