Every day this summer (well almost every day anyway...) Defending Big D will count down the greatest players in franchise history (both Dallas and Minnesota), based on the sweater number they wore. Keep coming back for a look at who's the best in Stars history. For a recap on the list so far, click here.
The history of the Dallas/Minnesota franchise has seen more than it's fair share of standout goalies that have suited up for them. From Gilles Meloche to Marty Turco, the Stars have always had a very capable player between the pipes and our next pick at number 33 is no different...
#33 - Don Beaupre
After a stand out junior career in Sudbury, the Minnesota North Stars drafted Don early in the 2nd round (37th overall) in the 1980 draft. The 19 year old rookie quickly played himself into a co-starter role beside veteran Gilles Meloche and posted some of th ebest numbers he'd have in his career, played in the 1981 All-Star game and most importantly helped lead the North Stars to a very unexpected Stanley Cup final berth in the 1981 playoffs.
He remained with the team for the following eight seasons after mostly as a backup goalie to Gilles Meloche before getting his chance to be the lone number one starter in 1985 after yet another solid effort getting the North Stars to the semi-finals in the 84 playoffs. His time as the North Stars number one goalie started off decently enough, but his play and the play of the club overall started fading over the next three seasons. While not horrible, Beaupre's record usually hovered around the .500 mark while his other stats were considered very average for an NHL goalie at the time.
Coming into the 88-89 season, Beaupre's less than ideal play combined with the play of the up-and-coming Jon Casey led Minnesota to trade Don to Washington where he found a second life as a Capital and went on to have a very respectable 17 season NHL career.
Don left the North Stars with a record of 126-125-45 in 316 games played, a 3.74 goals against average and 3 shutouts.