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Bill Masterton
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Hockey Player
    (August 16, 1938-January 15, 1968)
    Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    Forward for the Minnesota North Stars (1967-68)
    Died after hitting his head against the ice following a check in a home game against the Oakland Seals
    First (and as of 2010 only) NHL player to die as a direct result of an on-ice incident
    He was a career minor-leaguer.
    He initially retired before coming out of retirement to play for the North Stars.
    Many hockey pundits don't acknowledge his amateur and minor league career, instead focusing on the fatal injury that claimed his life.
    He refused to wear a helmet, which was a contributing factor in his death.
    Despite his number 19 being out of circulation for many years, the North Stars waited until 1988 to officially retire it.
    He was a standout forward at the University of Denver.
    He was a member of three NCAA Frozen Four championship teams (1958, 1960, 1961).
    He scored the first goal in the history of the North Stars franchise.
    He was the only player in the history of the Minnesota/Dallas franchise to wear #19.
    Following his death, the NHL created the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the player who displays perseverance, dedication and sportsmanship.
    His family created a scholarship in his honor at the high school he attended in Winnipeg.
    He was posthumously inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (1980).

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