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From there he relocated south to the Twin Cities to join head coach Herb Brooks and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for the 1978-79 season where he found immediate success, as he scored 21 goals and 71 points in 40 games on his way to being named the WCHA Rookie of the Year. During the season Broten was also a member of the United States National Team at the 1979 World Junior Tournament, scoring 2 goals and 6 points in 5 games.
After returning to Minnesota for the remainder of the college hockey season, the Golden Gophers advanced to the NCAA Championship game, where Broten scored an incredible, diving goal which would turn out to be the game winner as Minnesota defeated their arch rivals the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4-3. Note in the video the rookie Broten wearing #14.
The North Stars then went on a deep playoff run all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals after defeating the Boston Bruins in three straight, the Buffalo Sabres in five, the Calgary Flames in a hard-fought six games before running afoul of the New York Islanders dynasty, who defeated Minnesota in five. In 19 playoff games, Broten contributed 1 goal and 7 assists.
The next two seasons Broten would score a consistent 32 goals and 77 points in 1982-83 to lead the North Stars in scoring for the first time and 28 goals and 89 points in 1983-84 to again lead the team in scoring. He also would play in his first NHL All-Star Game in 1983. That effort earned Broten a spot on the 1984 United States Canada Cup roster later that fall. Broten, teamed with his brother Aaron, scored 3 goals and 4 points in six games as the US again made it as far as the Semifinals.
There, the North Stars could not overcome the Pittsburgh Penguins, who took the Cup in six games. Broten was fourth for Minnesota in playoff scoring with 9 goals and 22 points in 23 games. He also served as team captain during the majority of the playoffs, as regular captain Curt Giles was limited to 10 playoff games.
The new North Stars ownership changed the North Stars logo and jerseys for the 1991-92 season, hoping to spur jersey sales while hopping on the trend of black jerseys. This jersey features both the NHL 75th Anniversary patch as well as the North Stars 25th Anniversary patch, which was added some time after the start of the season. These jerseys were worn with three color names in a stylized font, which was difficult to read and replaced prior to the start of the regular season with a traditional one color white block font.
He would play one final season in Minnesota in 1992-93 before the franchise was relocated to Dallas for the 1993-94 season.
Broten moved with the club to Dallas, where he reached the 50 point mark for the final time of his carrer with 52 in 79 games.
Additionally, Broten was the first American to score 100 points in an NHL season, was named the winner of the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1998, inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000, had his number 7 retired by the Dallas Stars in 1998 and voted by fans of the Minnesota Wild as the Greatest Hockey Player in Minnesota history in 2009.
Our video section today begins with an amazing, rare video on the occasion of Broten winning the first Hobey Baker Award.
Next, Broten becomes the first US born player to score 100 points in a season.
In this next video, Broten scores what would be the Stanley Cup winning goal during the 1995 playoffs followed by footage of him hoisting the cup.
Finally, no profile of Broten would be complete without his infamous fight with none other than Wayne Gretzky! This was one of just six fights for Broten during his career.