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Since today marks the 26th anniversary of the announcement the North Stars were leaving for Dallas I tried to find my article I wrote back in 2011. Much to my horror it had disappeared because the site I wrote it on no longer exists. Thankfully it was archived via the Way Back Machine. So I took it and updated it a bit and re-issued it. Enjoy.
It is interesting to take a look back on why the team left. I know a lot of people like to blame Norm Green as the sole reason the team left, but the North Stars as an organization did themselves no favors either. Poor drafting, poor trades, mediocre results. Not something to get the fan base excited about...
But the League did seem almost too eager to let the team relocate. I mean, how many times has the league stepped in to keep the Coyotes in Arizona?
Wow, Great read.
I remember all those different scenarios which led up to the demise.
Especially the deals with the existing arenas and the MOA.
Poor Lou, He did his best throughout it all.
I never really used Norm's harassment as a reason for them moving. Too easy.
Proof that even back then the media loves drama in sexual harassment stories than business dealings.
I still have that 'transition' jersey.
I've tried to sell it a few times in a garag
I exactly get it. Same feeling for me.
For guys in North America, the reason of being a fan of this or that team is pretty obvious: it's your origin place, the city you live in, the place with natural bonds I would say. As a former european living 4000 miles away, it's less evident. Sometimes it's just a detail, a friend who's a fan, something special, the logo you just like, a gift...
In my case, I became a North Star fan because former North Star defender Frantisek Musi
Minnesota North Stars 1967-1993 = 26 seasons
Minnesota Wild 2000-2019+ = 18 seasons
Considering the popularity and growth of a franchise you would have to compare the current Wild to the 1984-1985 Minnesota North Stars.
If the Wild can make more significant push into the playoffs or even win a stanley cup sometime in the future, the feelings of fans may change more positively for this franchise.
I personally have fond memories of North Stars Hockey