Rambunctious Goldsworthy Made Impression

The late Bill Goldsworthy was an aggressive forward who got into 3 games in the tournament, but is best remembered for taking 2 penalties early in game four, both of which resulted in Soviet power play goals by team captain Boris Mikhailov.

Goldsworthy's undisciplined play didn't help Canada, although Canada was never in the game. The Vancouver fans booed their very own Team Canada off the ice, which upset the players, especially Goldsworthy. Goldie, who made up for his penalties by notching the opening goal of the third period, was quoted as saying "I couldn't believe how the fans turned on us. I'm ashamed to be Canadian."

The charismatic Goldsworthy, who wore #9 in the series - a number which undoubtedly would have been worn by Bobby Hull had he been allowed to play, was best known as one of the brightest stars in Minnesota North Star history. In fact the North Stars retired his number 8 in 1992.

By 1994 Goldsworthy became ill and was shocked to learn he had AIDS. By 1996 he became gravely ill and passed away at the early age of 51.

1972 Summit Series.com Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #9 - Bill Goldsworthy - Right Wing

Position: RW
Shoots: Right
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Born: 8/24/1944 Waterloo, Ontario
Died: 3/29/1996
1972 NHL Team: Minnesota North Stars

Summit Series Statistics

3 1 1 2 4 3 6 0

Other Team Canada Appearances - None

NHL Career Notes - "Goldie" struggled to crack the Boston Bruins lineup and was happy to join the expansion Minnesota North Stars in 1967. Aside from and final 68 games with the New York Rangers, Goldsworthy enjoyed nine seasons in Minnesota where he emerged as a goal scoring threat. A regular 30 goal scorer, his best year came in 1973-74 when he scored 48 times.

Career NHL Statistics
Regular Season 771 283 258 541 793
NHL Playoffs  40 18 19 37 30


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