The Dallas Stars were originally the Minnesota North Stars, an expansion team in 1967-68 that played in Minnesota until the end of the 1992-93 season. The Stars have been in Dallas since 1993-94 but still include the history and tradition from the North Stars days. All the franchise’s current scoring records came from the team’s days as the North Stars.
Most Goals in a Single Season
Two players hold the record for most goals in a single season at 55. Dino Ciccarelli was the first to accomplish this feat in 1981-82. It was his first of two 50 goal seasons with the North Stars, scoring 52 in 1986-87. Dino played with Minnesota from 1980-81 until 1988-89. He continued to complete in the NHL until the end of the 1998-99 season with the Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.
Ciccarelli ended his NHL career with 608 goals, the 17th highest total all-time. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. He holds the record for most goals in a season with another hockey club, as well. In 1977-78, Dino scored 72 goals with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights. That count stands today as a team record.
Brian Bellows equalled Ciccarelli’s mark of 55 goals in 1989-90. It would be the only time in his career that Bellows would cross the 50 goal plateau, but ended up with 485 in total. Brian was the second overall pick at the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the North Stars. He played with the team from 1982-83 to 1991-92. He played in the NHL until the end of the 1998-99 season with the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Washington Capitals.
Most Assists in a Single Season
Neal Broten holds the Stars record for most assists in a season with 76 in 1985-86. For the third round pick of the North Stars in 1979, it was a career high. Broten played with Minnesota from 1980-81 to 1994-95. He played two more seasons in the NHL, split between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings. Neal’s number 7 is one of just three Dallas Stars retired numbers.
Most Points in a Single Season
Bobby Smith set the mark for most points in a season with 114 in 1981-82. The first overall pick at the 1978 NHL Entry Draft by Minnesota played with the club from 1978-79 to 1983-84, then again from 1990-91 to 1992-93. In between, he played for the Montreal Canadiens. Smith stampeded into the league in 1978-79, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. The previous season, Bobby set the OHL’s current marks for assists and points with 123 and 192 as a member of the Ottawa 67’s.