Out of curiosity, does anyone remember what happened to the following players -- career wise? They seemed to go poof in the night.
Each one had a nice physical presence and some scoring finesse too.
Eddie Beers Eddy Beers was a natural goal scorer whose NHL tenure lasted parts of five seasons before he was struck down by a chronic back injury. He was blessed with a soft touch around the net but was willing to pay the price in front of the net and in the corners.
Born in Merrit, B.C., Beers spent four years at the University of Denver. During his senior year he scored 50 goals then was signed as a free agent by the Calgary Flames. He split his rookie season between the NHL and the CHL's Colorado Flames before breaking out with 36 goals in 1983-84. Beers formed an effective partnership with Mike Eaves and Hakan Loob and appeared set for a fine career when he scored 28 times in 1984-85.
The young winger's career changed dramatically in February 1986 when he was sent to the St. Louis Blues in a deal that involved popular forward Joe Mullen. Beers struggled with seven goals in 24 games but was solid when the club came within one game of reaching the finals. The St. Louis fans never had a chance to see if Beers could rekindle his scoring touch. He was forced to retire due to a herniated disc in his back suffered during warm up prior to a pre-season game.
Last I heard (a few years ago) Steve Payne was still in the Twin Cities as a businessman. I think that was when the Stars went to the Cup Final in '99. Some of the old North Stars were brought back during the series to talk about when THEY were in the Final in 1981 or 1991.