Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Neal Broten
The state of Minnesota has yet to produce a hockey player as revered and accomplished as Neil Broten. After a successful high school career with the Roseau Rams, he went to play for the University of Minnesota's Gophers under the direction of Herb Brooks.

In his first season, Broten was selected as rookie-of-the-year while helping his team win the 1979 NCAA championship. He then took a season off to join the U.S. National Team, an experience that culminated in a gold medal victory at Lake Placid.

He then returned to the University of Minnesota in 1980-81 where he was selected to three All-Star teams and received the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top U.S. collegiate hockey player.

From there, he advanced to the NHL, joining his hometown North Stars in time for a playoff run to the Stanley Cup finals. For Broten, it marked the start of more than 13 seasons with the Stars that included a 105-point campaign in 1985-86?becoming the first American-born player to break the 100-point plateau.

Broten remained with the Stars until being traded to the New Jersey Devils in 1994. By the following season, he had his first and only Stanley Cup in hand. He closed out his pro career with the Kings in 1996 followed by a brief return to the Dallas Stars where he retired in 1997.

All told, Broten remained with the Stars' organization for 15 of his 17 big-league seasons. He is the franchise's all-time leader in scoring, assists, games played, seasons, shorthanded goals, playoff games and playoff assists. His number 7 was retired by the Dallas Stars in 1998. As well, he was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in the year 2000.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Roseau Rams High-MN
1978-79 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 21 50 71 18
1978-79 United States WJC-A 5 2 4 6 10
1979-80 United States Nat-Tm 55 25 30 55 20
1979-80 United States Olympics 7 2 1 3 2
1980-81 University of Minnesota WCHA 36 17 54 71 56
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 3 2 0 2 12 +1 19 1 7 8 9
1981-82 United States Can-Cup 6 3 2 5 0
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 38 60 98 42 +14 4 0 2 2 0
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 32 45 77 43 +24 9 1 6 7 10
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 28 61 89 43 +16 16 5 5 10 4
1984-85 United States Can-Cup 6 3 1 4 4
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 19 37 56 39 -18 9 2 5 7 10
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 29 76 105 47 +14 5 3 2 5 2
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 46 18 35 53 33 +12
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 54 9 30 39 32 -23
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 68 18 38 56 57 +1 5 2 2 4 4
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 23 62 85 45 -16 7 2 2 4 18
1989-90 United States WEC-A 8 1 5 6 4
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 3 0 3 3 2
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 13 56 69 26 -3 23 9 13 22 6
1991-92 Berliner SC Preussen Germany 8 3 5 8 2
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 8 26 34 16 -15 7 1 5 6 2
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 82 12 21 33 22 +7
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 79 17 35 52 62 +10 9 2 1 3 6
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 17 0 4 4 4 -8
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 30 8 20 28 20 +9 20 7 12 19 6
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 55 7 16 23 14 -3
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 0 1 1 0 -1
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 0 4 4 0 -9
1996-97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 11 3 3 6 4
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 20 8 7 15 12 +6 2 0 1 1 0
1997-98
1998-99 United States WC-Q 3 3 3 6 2
NHL Totals 1099 289 634 923 569 135 35 63 98 77


Brother of Aaron and Paul
WCHA First All-Star Team (1981)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1981)
Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player) (1981)
Lester Patrick Trophy (1998) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1983, 1986)
Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Traded to New Jersey by Dallas for Corey Millen, February 27, 1995. Traded to Los Angeles by New Jersey for future considerations, November 22, 1996. Claimed on waivers by Dallas from Los Angeles, January 28, 1997.