They began as the Minnesota Northstars. It made sense, the North Star is very easy to see on a cold winter night in Minnesota. Their legacy began in 1967 when the NHL expanded the number of teams in the league. Their first season was very successful but was marred by the death of a player on the ice. While the rest of the 1960s did not show much promise, the North Stars exploded in the 1970s. While they did have success in Minnesota, and with Minnesota being such a huge hockey state, in the 1990s the team owner decided due to lack of commercial help to relocate the North Stars to Dallas. Many felt that to do such a move was foolish, because Minnesota had always symbolized American hockey, and what was a team doing going south? This move was especially questioned due to the North Star's last two seasons which were spotty at best. Yet, the move proved successful. With players such as Mike Modano, the Dallas Stars have, in a short time, become a hockey dynasty. John Nichols does a good job conveying the story of the Dallas North Stars in just a few pages. As with other books in the "Hockey History" series, the book lacks a bibliography and timeline, but the text is engaging and easy to read. 2004, Creative Education, Ages 8 to 12.
John D. Orsborn