November 17, 1955|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)|
California Golden Seals|
Minnesota North Stars
21st overall, 1975|
California Golden Seals
65th overall, 1975|
Dennis John Maruk (born November 17, 1955) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player of Ukrainian descent. 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.
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 he was traded shortly afterwards to the Washington Capitals. During his time with the Capitals, he scored 50 goals in 1980-81 and 60 goals in 1981-82; 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 1982-83, Maruk was one of the players instrumental in leading the Capitals to their first playoff appearance. Despite this, he was traded back to the North Stars where he would finish his career. At the time of his retirement in 1989, he was the last active NHL player to have played for the Seals/Barons franchise, although Charlie Simmer played later than him in minor leagues. Maruk was also the last Minnesota North Stars player to wear the number 9 prior to Mike Modano.
In 888 NHL games, he scored 356 goals and had 522 assists.
Regular season and playoffs
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|1978–79||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Lake Charles Ice Pirates||WPHL||6||0||2||2||4||3||0||0||0||2|
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