January 17, 2015

Tom Younghans

After passing through the NHL draft unnoticed Tom Younghans of St. Paul Minnesota signed as a free agent with the Minnesota North Stars in the summer of 1976, dropping out of the University of Minnesota early to do so.

It turned out to be the right move for Younghans. He stepped right into the NHL and over the next five seasons he was a regular fixture with the North Stars. He patrolled the wings mostly as a defensive forward and penalty killer. 

He only chipped in a few goals and points here and there, but he was the unlikely game winning goal scorer in memorable playoff against Montreal in 1979.

Younghans later played a couple more seasons with the New York Rangers before retiring from the game. Younghans returned to St. Paul and, as one of the earliest benefactors of the NHL's new Life After Hockey Program, became a salesman, selling everything from real estate and mortgages to cleaning services and sporting goods. 

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