As a Team Canada member, Bill Goldsworthy is remembered for taking two costly first period penalties in game four in Vancouver. The penalties led to a pair of Soviet power play goals and brought on a chorus of boos and jeers directed at Team Canada throughout the game, a 5-3 loss. Goldsworthy said after the game. “I couldn’t believe how the fans turned on us. I’m ashamed to be a Canadian.”
He scored his only goal of the series during that game.
Goldsworthy, when coaching for Central League’s San Antonio Iguanas, discovered he had AIDS while on a road trip to Memphis. Concerned that news of his illness would become the subject of rumors, he announced he was suffering from the illness in February, 1995.
Bill Goldsworthy was unquestionably the first big North Star talent as well as one of the league’s emerging stars of the expansion era.
In his first season with Minnesota he led all NHL scorers in points in the 1967 playoffs. He later became the first player to record 200 goals with a post ’67 team.
He played 14 seasons in the NHL, with the North Stars, the Bruins and the Rangers. He scored 283 career goals and had his jersey No. 8 retired by the North Stars.
His fans never got tired of watching Bill’s post goal celebration, known as the “Goldy shuffle”.
Bill Goldsworthy, the first star of the Minnesota North Stars and a Team Canada ’72 member, died on March 29, 1996 of complications from AIDS.
“Our dad made many wonderful friends in Minnesota and throughout hockey, Many of them stayed with him throughout his fight,” said Tammy and Sean Goldsworthy, his children. “And he always spoke fondly of the players who were his teammates on Team Canada 1972. Playing on that team was the highlight of his career.