September 12, 2012

Summit Series Heroes: Bill Goldsworthy

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.

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