Dennis Maruk

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Dennis Maruk
Born (1955-11-17) November 17, 1955 (age 58)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Lake Charles Ice Pirates (WPHL)
Kalamazoo Wings (IHL)
Minnesota North Stars (NHL)
Washington Capitals (NHL)
Cleveland Barons (NHL)
California Golden Seals (NHL)
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1975
California Golden Seals
WHA Draft 65th overall, 1975
Cleveland Crusaders
Playing career 1975–1989

Dennis John Maruk (born November 17, 1955) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1975 to 1989, scoring a career high 60 goals for the Washington Capitals in 1981–82.

Career[edit]

Maruk played junior "A" hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the London Knights before he was drafted in 1975 by the California Golden Seals. While with the Seals, he became the first NHL rookie to score five shorthanded goals in a season. Maruk followed the franchise when it relocated to Cleveland to become the Cleveland Barons a year later.

Maruk's rights were later obtained by the Minnesota North Stars after the Barons merged with them in 1978, but was traded shortly afterwards to the Washington Capitals. During his time with the Capitals, he scored 50 goals in 1980-1981 and 60 goals in 1981-1982; his mark of 76 assists and 136 points in the 1982 season remain Capitals' records for a single-season. Maruk was the first Capitals player to score 100 points in a season.

In 1982-1983, Maruk was one of the players instrumental in leading the Capitals to their first playoff appearance. Despite this, he was traded back to the Minnesota North Stars where he would finish his career. At the time of his retirement, he was the last active player who played for the Seals/Barons franchise. He was the last Minnesota North Star to wear number 9 prior to Mike Modano.

In 888 NHL games, he scored 356 goals and had 522 assists.

In Popular Culture[edit]

Maruk was discussed by a Soviet Agent during a conversation about ticket scalping in episode 16 of the FX Network television program The Americans, which takes place in the 1980s. The actual Russian dialogue referred to him as able to do "such (amazing) tricks", while the English subtitles translated it as a "wily" player.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 Toronto Marlboros OHA 8 2 1 3 4
1972–73 London Knights OHA 59 46 67 113 54
1973–74 London Knights OHA 67 47 65 112 61
1974–75 London Knights OMJHL 65 66 79 145 53
1975–76 California Golden Seals NHL 80 30 32 62 44
1976–77 Cleveland Barons NHL 80 28 50 78 68
1977–78 Cleveland Barons NHL 76 36 35 71 50
1978–79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1978–79 Washington Capitals NHL 76 31 59 90 71
1979–80 Washington Capitals NHL 27 10 17 27 8
1980–81 Washington Capitals NHL 80 50 47 97 87
1981–82 Washington Capitals NHL 80 60 76 136 128
1982–83 Washington Capitals NHL 80 31 50 81 71 4 1 1 2 2
1983–84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 71 17 43 60 42 16 5 5 10 8
1984–85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 71 19 41 60 56 9 4 7 11 12
1985–86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 70 21 37 58 67 5 4 9 13 4
1986–87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 67 16 30 46 52
1987–88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 22 7 4 11 15
1988–89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 6 0 1 1 2
1988–89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 5 1 5 6 4
1998–99 Lake Charles Ice Pirates WPHL 6 0 2 2 4 3 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 888 356 522 878 761 34 14 22 36 26

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