Beaupre went from junior hockey to the Stanley Cup Final in one season.
The Minnesota North Stars selected Beaupre, a goalie for Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League, in the second round (No. 37) of the 1980 NHL Draft. He made the team out of training camp, won his NHL debut against the Hartford Whalers on Oct. 11, 1980, and appeared in the 1981 NHL All-Star Game as a rookie. He and Gilles Meloche teamed to help the North Stars reach the Stanley Cup Final, and he earned Minnesota's lone victory in the five-game series against the New York Islanders.