Following three terrible seasons with the Boston Bruins from 1964-1967, Bill Goldsworthy was placed in the '67 expansion draft where he was taken by the Minnesota North Stars. While Goldsworthy never put up incredible numbers, he was still a fan favorite, thanks to his "Goldy Shuffle" which he broke out after scoring a goal.
Towards the end of his career, Goldsworthy struggled with alcoholism and his skills (and marriage) suffered because of his vices. In a stirring story from The Deseret News, Goldsworthy admits that he was dying from AIDS because the coupling of his drinking binges and being an athlete made him feel invicible and led to unprotected sex with strangers.
One year after that article was published, the first hockey player known to have AIDS died at the age of 51 in 1996.