Dale McCourt

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Dale McCourt
Born (1957-01-26) January 26, 1957 (age 57)
Falconbridge, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Right
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Buffalo Sabres
Toronto Maple Leafs
HC Ambrì-Piotta
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1977
Detroit Red Wings
WHA Draft 35th overall, 1977
Indianapolis Racers
Playing career 1977–1991

Dale Allen McCourt (born January 26, 1957) is a former NHL ice hockey forward. Dale began his junior hockey career with the Hamilton Red Wings in 1972–73. Two years later he was the team captain of the 1976 Memorial Cup champion Hamilton Fincups. In 1977 he led the team to the Hamilton Spectator Trophy. He was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as Most Outstanding Player in the OHA, and voted CHL Player of the Year for his efforts. Dale was also awarded the William Hanley Trophy as the OHA's Most Sportsmanlike Player two consecutive years (1975–76, 1976–77). In the 1977 World Junior Hockey Championships McCourt scored 18 points, a Canadian record he shares with Brayden Schenn and one point more than Eric Lindros and Wayne Gretzky.

He was drafted 1st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. When Red Wings general manager Ted Lindsay signed Los Angeles Kings goaltender Rogatien Vachon, an NHL arbitrator ruled that McCourt should be the compensation paid the Kings for Vachon's loss, but McCourt refused to report to the Kings. The matter was resolved and McCourt remained in Detroit. In later seasons, he played for the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He finished his career playing in Switzerland for HC Ambrì-Piotta, where his jersey (number 15) was retired.

McCourt's brother Dan was an NHL linesman during the 1980s and early 1990s, and his uncle is Hockey Hall of Fame member, George Armstrong.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Sudbury Wolves OHA 26 6 11 17 0
1973–74 Sudbury Wolves OHA 69 20 38 58 45
1974–75 Hamilton Fincups OMJHL 69 52 74 126 57
1975–76 Hamilton Fincups OMJHL 66 55 84 139 19
1976–77 St. Catharines Fincups OMJHL 66 60 79 139 26
1977–78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 33 39 72 10 7 4 2 6 2
1978–79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 28 43 71 14
1979–80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 30 51 81 12
1980–81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 30 56 86 50
1981–82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 26 13 14 27 6
1981–82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 52 20 22 42 12 4 2 3 5 0
1982–83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 20 32 52 10 10 3 2 5 4
1983–84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 5 1 3 4 0
1983–84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 19 24 43 10
1984–85 Ambri-Piotta NLA 26 22 14 36
1985–86 Ambri-Piotta NLA 32 42 17 59 0
1986–87 Ambri-Piotta NLA 35 25 28 53
1987–88 Ambri-Piotta NLA 35 33 22 55
1988–89 Ambri-Piotta NLA 38 42 24 66
1989–90 Ambri-Piotta NLA 38 18 26 44 0
1990–91 Ambri-Piotta NLA 35 10 12 22 0
1991–92 Ambri-Piotta NLA 5 4 1 5 2
NHL totals 532 194 284 478 124 21 9 7 16 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1977 Canada WJC 2nd 7 7 11 18 14
1979 Canada WC 4th 7 0 1 1 6
1981 Canada WC 4th 4 1 0 1 2

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p.510, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Fred Williams
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
Willie Huber
Preceded by
Rick Green
NHL first overall draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
Bobby Smith
Preceded by
Peter Lee
CHL Player of the Year
1977
Succeeded by
Bobby Smith
Preceded by
Paul Woods
Detroit Red Wings captain
1979–80
Succeeded by
Errol Thompson
Reed Larson