Monday, June 9, 2014


Ted Hampson first arrived in Minnesota in 1971 when the North Stars acquired him from the California Golden Seals.  He was already a veteran of ten NHL seasons, and was a Masterton Trophy winner, All-Star, and captain for the Seals.  He spent a season and a half with the North Stars as an outstanding defensive center.  For the 1972-73 season, he moved across town to the upstart WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints.  His leadership and consistency was on display throughout the Saints' original run -- he scored 17 goals in each of his first three seasons and won the Paul Deneau Trophy (the WHA equivalent of the Lady Byng).  Mr. Hampson, now 77, remains a Twin Cities resident.

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