Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Goldsworthy
Right-winger Bill Goldsworthy was a clever goal scorer who played nearly 800 NHL games in the 1960s and '70s. He was best known for his fine work with the Minnesota North Stars and the "Goldy Shuffle" after each goal.

Born in Waterloo, Ontario, Goldsworthy was a junior standout with the OHA's Niagara Falls Flyers. In 1965 he helped the Boston Bruins sponsored club win the Memorial Cup. After splitting his first three pro seasons between the NHL and the minors, the talented forward was claimed by Minnesota in the 1967 Expansion Draft.

The crafty winger was a decent addition to his new club in its first two NHL seasons. In 1969-70, he broke through as a bona fide NHL sniper with 36 goals. The next season, his speed and offensive thrusts helped the North Stars give the Montreal Canadiens a tough battle in the semi-finals. A few months later, he represented Canada in the historic Summit Series versus the USSR. During his time in Minnesota, Goldsworthy scored at least 30 goals five times including a career high 48 in 1973-74 while playing on a line with Dennis Hextall and Danny Grant. He was considered one of the most exciting forwards in the NHL and was picked to participate in the All-Star game in 1970, 1972, 1974, and 1976.

By 1976-77, the Stars were rebuilding and Goldsworthy was traded to the New York Rangers for Bill Fairbairn and Nick Beverly. By this time his best hockey was behind him and he put up mediocre numbers in parts of two seasons with the Blueshirts. Goldsworthy skated briefly with the Indianapolis Racers and Edmonton Oilers of the WHA before retiring in 1979. Off the ice he was a troubled individual who battled alcoholism and was eventually diagnosed with HIV. The hockey world was saddened when the popular winger succumbed to AIDS in 1996.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 50 7 11 18 71 9 1 2 3 8
1962-63 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 16 3 7 10 39
1963-64 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 56 21 47 68 91 4 0 3 3 4
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 54 28 27 55 164 11 5 11 16 26
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 13 11 7 18 37
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 13 3 1 4 6
1965-66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 22 2 5 7 65 2 1 0 1 4
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 18 3 5 8 21
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 11 4 1 5 14
1966-67 Buffalo Bisons AHL 22 9 11 20 42
1967-68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 68 14 19 33 68 -8 14 8 7 15 12
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 68 14 10 24 110 -27
1968-69 Memphis South Stars CHL 6 4 0 4 6
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 36 29 65 89 -9 6 4 3 7 6
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 34 31 65 85 -13 7 2 4 6 6
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 31 31 62 59 +11 7 2 3 5 6
1972-73 Canada Summit-72 3 1 1 2 4
1972-73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 27 33 60 97 +24 6 2 2 4 0
1973-74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 48 26 74 73 +3
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 71 37 35 72 77 -37
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 68 24 22 46 47 -19
1976-77 Minnesota North Stars NHL 16 2 3 5 6 -8
1976-77 New York Rangers NHL 61 10 12 22 43 -17
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 7 0 1 1 12 +1
1977-78 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 4 1 2 3 4
1977-78 Indianapolis Racers WHA 32 8 10 18 10
1978-79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 17 4 2 6 14 4 1 1 2 11
NHL Totals 771 283 258 541 793 40 18 19 37 30


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976) Claimed by Minnesota from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to NY Rangers by Minnesota for Bill Fairbairn and Nick Beverley, November 11, 1976. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by NY Rangers for Frank Spring, December, 1977. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Indianapolis (WHA) for Juha Widing, June, 1978.
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