Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Aaron Broten
Aaron Broten was a solid two-way forward who played over 700 games in the 80s and 90s. Comfortable at centre and left wing, he registered three 20-goal seasons and was effective on both specialty teams.

The native of Roseau, Minnesota was a member of the famous family that also sent his brothers Neal and Paul to the NHL. He was a top high school player in 1978-79 when he scored seven points in five games for the USA at the World Junior Championships. Broten attended the University of Minnesota for two years where he was an offensive force. Following an excellent freshman year, he was chosen 106th overall by the Colorado Rockies at the Entry Draft. The next year he led the WCHA in goals, assists and points, was placed on the conference's first all-star team and named to the NCAA Championship all-tournament team. He capped off his dream season by playing his first two NHL games and skating for the U.S. at the World Championships.

After being recalled from the minors in 1981-82, Broten enjoyed a solid rookie season with 39 points in 58 games. When the Rockies missed the playoffs, the young winger played for the eighth place U.S. at the World Championships. Broten was a versatile player in 1982-83 when he scored 55 points and was a member of the power play and penalty killing units.

Broten joined his brother Neal on the U.S. Canada Cup team that reached the semi-finals in 1984. During the 1984-85 season, he hit the 20-goal mark for the first time then played for his country at the World Championships when they just missed winning a medal. Broten also played for the U.S. at the World Championships in 1986 and 1987 as well as the 1987 Canada Cup. In 1987 and 1988, the talented forward was at his most productive with consecutive 26-goal seasons.

In January 1990, Broten returned home when he was acquired by the Minnesota North Stars for Bob Brooke. He was more of a playmaker and checker for his new club and was on hand in September when Minnesota ventured to Moscow as part of the Friendship Tour. Before the 1990-91 season commenced, he was claimed on waivers by the lowly Quebec Nordiques. Broten was unhappy on the sad sack Nords and was part of mid-season trade that saw him join teammates Michel Petit and Lucien Deblois in Toronto. The trio helped the Maple Leafs bounce back from a miserable start and play fairly competitive hockey in the second half of the season. Broten retired in 1992 after playing 25 games for the Winnipeg Jets.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Roseau Rams High-MN
1978-79 United States WJC-A 5 4 3 7 0
1979-80 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 25 47 72 8
1980-81 University of Minnesota WCHA 45 47 59 106 24
1980-81 United States WEC-A 8 2 2 4 0
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 58 15 24 39 6 -11
1981-82 Fort Worth Texans CHL 19 15 21 36 11
1981-82 United States WEC-A 7 2 2 4 8
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 16 39 55 28 -20
1982-83 Wichita Wind CHL 4 0 4 4 0
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 13 23 36 36 -28
1984-85 United States Can-Cup 5 0 4 4 2
1984-85 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 22 35 57 38 -18
1984-85 United States WEC-A 10 0 1 1 8
1985-86 New Jersey Devils NHL 66 18 25 43 26 +2
1985-86 United States WEC-A 10 2 6 8 14
1986-87 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 26 53 79 36 +5
1986-87 United States WEC-A 10 5 6 11 6
1987-88 United States Can-Cup 5 0 2 2 2
1987-88 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 26 57 83 80 +20 20 5 11 16 20
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 16 43 59 81 -7
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 42 10 8 18 36 -15
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 35 9 9 18 22 -8 7 0 5 5 8
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 3 1 0 1 2
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 20 5 4 9 6 -3
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 6 4 10 32 +12
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 25 4 5 9 14 +2 7 2 2 4 12
1991-92 Moncton Hawks AHL 4 0 2 2 0
1992-1998
1998-99 United States WC-Q 3 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 748 186 329 515 441 34 7 18 25 40


Brother of Neal and Paul
WCHA Freshman of the Year (1980)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1981)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1981)
Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Traded to Minnesota by New Jersey for Bob Brooke, January 5, 1990. Claimed by Quebec from Minnesota in Waiver Draft, October 1, 1990. Traded to Toronto by Quebec with Lucien DeBlois and Michel Petit for Scott Pearson and Toronto's 2nd round picks in 1991 (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Eric Lavigne) and 1992 (Tuomas Gronman) NHL Drafts, November 17, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, January 21, 1992.
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