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North Star great Brad Maxwell fighting cancer

Maxwell was a bedrock defenseman for the Stars, playing in nine seasons for the green and gold, including their run to the Stanley Cup final in 1981.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — A beloved member of the classic Minnesota North Stars lineup is now in an off-ice battle to survive an aggressive form of cancer. 

In a GoFundMe established for Brad Maxwell, his family says the skilled but tough-as-nails defenseman is fighting lung cancer that has spread to other parts of his body. 

"It is with great sadness that we share Brad Maxwell is currently battling aggressive lung cancer that has unfortunately spread," the GoFundMe post reads. "As a former Minnesota North Star player and current President of the MN NHL Alumni, he has brought joy and excitement to the ice for many fans. It is difficult to share that chemo and radiation are no longer working, but we are hopeful that a brand new treatment he is currently undergoing will be successful in his fight against cancer."

The treatment the 66-year-old Maxwell is undergoing, while promising, is not covered by the family's medical insurance. It is worth noting that he played in an era during which players did not make a fraction of the money NHLers do today. 

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Former North Star defenseman Brad Maxwell, seen here with his dog, is undergoing a new treatment for cancer.

Legendary North Star tough guy Jack Carlson, a close friend of Maxwell, reached out to KARE 11's Randy Shaver to alert him of Brad's continuing battle. Both are cancer survivors who understand the fight Maxwell is in, and are anxious to help. 

Maxwell skated in 10 NHL seasons, nine of which he spent time with the Stars. He was an integral member of the club that skated its way to the 1981 Stanley Cup Finals, in which the North Stars lost to the New York Islanders. In total, he notched 369 points (98 goals and 270 assists) playing for the Stars, Quebec, Toronto, Vancouver and the New York Rangers. 

WATCH: Brad Maxwell and Jack Carlson test their knowledge of each other in "2 in the Box"

He currently owns a company that makes custom cabinets and fireplace mantels. 


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