Friday, March 9, 2012

Pete Lo Presti

Sent: 2/2/12
Received: 3/7/12
Time: 34 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee, 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee
Item Received: 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee, 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee.  Both signed in black Sharpie.

I didn't see Pete LoPresti play, and I really don't want to sound like a homer.  But I know he was a better goaltender than his statistics would indicate.  Yes, it's easy to look at the 43-102-20 career record at 4.06 career GAA and deduce that he was the worst #1 goalie the North Stars every deployed, but you have to take the teams around him into account.  The North Stars of the mid-to-late '70s - before the merger with the Cleveland Barons - were bad teams.  He didn't have much in front of him, and those days were a lot more high scoring than today's NHL.  The Virginia, Minnesota native remains a fan favorite to old school North Stars fans, and is still one of the winningest Minnesota-born goalies in NHL history.

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