Bill Masterton a.k.a. "William Masterton"
Player Facts
  • Position
    C
  • Height
    6'0" / 183 cm
  • Weight
    185 lbs / 84 kg
  • Shoots
    R
  • Contract
    -
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1955-56 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 22 23 26 49 16 | Playoffs 4 4 2 6 2
1956-57 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 30 23 30 53 16 | Playoffs 7 8 10 18 2
1957-58 Univ. of Denver NCAA 0 0 0 0 0 |
1958-59 Univ. of Denver NCAA 23 21 28 49 6 |
1959-60 Univ. of Denver NCAA 34 21 46 67 2 |
1960-61 Univ. of Denver “C” NCAA 32 24 56 80 4 |
1961-62 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 65 31 35 66 18 | Playoffs 12 0 4 4 0
1962-63 Cleveland Barons AHL 72 27 55 82 12 | Playoffs 7 4 5 9 2
1964-65 St. Paul Steers USHL Sr. - 23 23 46 0 |
Rochester Mustangs USHL Sr. - - - - - |
1965-66 St. Paul Steers USHL Sr. 28 27 40 67 0 |
1966-67 U.S. Nationals USHL Sr. 23 10 29 39 4 |
1967-68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 38 4 8 12 4 -4 |
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1955-56 St. Boniface Canadiens M-Cup 6 3 5 8 2 |
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 72 27 55 82 1.14 12 0 | 7 4 5 9 1.29 2 0
EPHL 65 31 35 66 1.02 18 0 | 12 0 4 4 0.33 0 0
M-Cup 6 3 5 8 1.33 2 0 |
MJHL 52 46 56 102 1.96 32 0 | 11 12 12 24 2.18 4 0
NCAA 89 66 130 196 2.20 12 0 |
NHL 38 4 8 12 0.32 4 -4 |
USHL Sr. 51 60 92 152 2.98 4 0 |
Career Highlights
Season
Awards by season
Player Biography and Trivia

Number 19 retired by Dallas Stars

Number 19 retired by Minnesota North Stars

Accident & Death
William J. Masterton passed away on January 15, 1968. Two days prior, in a game against the Oakland Seals, he had been checked by Oakland's Larry Cahan and Ron Harris, and fallen backwards onto the ice head-first. Masterton suffered a massive brain hemorrhage that damaged the pons. The injury was to severe that doctors were unable to perform any kind of surgery. He is the only player in NHL history to be killed as a direct result of an on-ice incident during a game.

Jersey Number
Masterton's #19 jersey has not been worn by another Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars player since. It was officially retired by the franchise in 1987.

Legacy
The Bill Masterton Trophy is annually awarded to the NHL player who best personifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication the game throughout the season. In 1979, the NHL implemented a rule that all players entering the league onwards must wear helmets. Forward Craig MacTavish was the last player to play without one.