Minnisota North Stars?
I was around for the change of the North Stars going to Dallas, but what was the reason? Was it money? I thought Minnisota was supposed to be the real/pure "hockeytown"?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
It was arena accessibility. The Minnesota North Stars played at the Met Centre in Bloomington. In 1967, it was fairly easy to get to from the airport and from downtown Minneapolis-St. Paul. Over the course of the next 20 years, that all changed and the then owners of the team (the Gund Brothers) started negotiating with the city to move into the newly built Target Centre. They used the leverage of moving the team to San Francisco. In an effort to keep the team in Minnesota, John Ziegler agreed to ratify a sale of the team to a group led by Hartford Whalers owner Howard Baldwin, and his partner Morris Belzer (who wanted a bay area team too) and give the Gunds first crack at a Bay Area team (now known as the San Jose Sharks).
Howard Baldwin and Morris Belzer wanted no part of Minneapolis-St. Paul and sold the team to minority Calgary Flames owner Norm Green. (Baldwin and Belzer went on to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins and drive them into bankruptcy).
Norm Green picked up the fight to move to the Target Centre. After continually being rebuffed (and the owners of the Met Centre selling the building and the land to a developer to build the mall of America), Green reached a deal with the City of Dallas to move the team there. The only other options at that time were to pay the lease on the Target Centre (Which would have been the highest at the time in the NHL) or fold the team due to poor attendance.
Of Note: Broadcaster Al Shaver refused to refer to the team as the Minnesota Stars after the official name change in 1991
- 1 decade ago
There was a dispute over a new arena so the owner moved them to a larger market. There were also some tough years in Minn. with the North stars.
- 1 decade ago
I'm not sure for the reasons they left, but let's get one thing striaght...
"Hockeytown" is Detroit, Mi. Always has been, always will be. Just because some idiot reporter in ESPN or SI says it is somewhere else, doesn't change history.
- Karli PLv 41 decade ago
Money was the reason. MINNESOTA wasn't offering enough.
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- kNOTaLIAwyRLv 71 decade ago
/ No matter what the reason is, it doesn't make sense that the hockey town of America has no hockey team.
Someone (politician, owner group, whatever) should have stopped that from happening.
- frattsLv 41 decade ago
More money in a bigger city.
- Anonymous1 decade ago