Saturday, August 23, 2014


Neal Broten is the greatest player in Minnesota hockey history.  But you already know that.  In case you ever find yourself arguing his case, though, here's a handy cheat sheet of accomplishments.
  • Three consecutive appearances in the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament with Roseau High School.
  • WCHA Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1978-79.
  • Winner of NCAA National Championship in 1979.  Broten scored the title-winning goal.
  • Gold Medalist with the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" U.S. Olympic team.
  • First-ever winner of the Hobey Baker Award in 1981.  The award has been given every year since to the top player in U.S. collegiate hockey.
  • 98 points as an NHL rookie in 1981-82.  It's a Minnesota/Dallas franchise record for a rookie and the eighth highest scoring rookie campaign in NHL history.
  • First U.S. born player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season (105 in 1985-86).
  • Minnesota North Stars all-time leader in points, assists, and games played.
  • Two-time NHL All-Star (1983 and 1986).
  • Stanley Cup Winner with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.  Broten scored two goals in the decisive game four, including the Cup clincher.  In doing so, he became the first American to ever be credited with a Stanley Cup winning goal.
  • Winner of the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contributions to United States Hockey in 1998.
  • Uniform #7 retired by the Dallas Stars organization in 1998.
  • Elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • Fought Gretzky

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