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Former Star faces cocaine charges

Former Minnesota North Star Tom McCarthy and six other men have been charged with conspiring to distribute and sell cocaine in an alleged interstate smuggling operation.

McCarthy, a wing with the North Stars in the 1981 Stanley Cup final, was handcuffed to his co-defendants as they were led into U.S. District Court on Friday.

McCarthy, who was freed on bond, was with the North Stars from 1979 to 1986 and the Bruins from 1986 to 1988. He played in 460 games, in which he had 399 points on 178 goals and 221 assists.

Gretzky update

Wayne Gretzky needs four to pass Gordie Howe and become the NHL's all-time goal-scorer:

Goals

Gordie Howe 801

Wayne Gretzky 798

_ TIMES WIRES

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