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Dennis Maruk

Dennis Maruk

60 goal scorer in the NHL

Dennis Maruk scored 66 goals in 65 games with the London Knights. 

It earned a 21st overall selection in the 1975 NHL Draft by the California Seals. 

At 5’8”, 155 pounds, he surprised management and earned a spot on the Seals as a 19-year-old. Not only did he make the team, but he scored 30 goals, finished second in team scoring, and finished third in voting for the Calder Trophy, the NHL’s Rookie of the Year Award. 

Dennis Maruk

Episode 35. Season 1. Sept. 28, 2020

The Seals moved to Cleveland and became the Barons in 76-77 season, but that didn’t slow Maruk down, as he scored 78 points in 80 games and led the team in scoring. 

Maruk continued to be a very solid producer and ended up getting traded to the Washington Capitals at the beginning of the 1978 season. With the Capitals he ended up having his monster seasons. 

He scored 50 goals in 80 games in 80-81 season and then followed that up with 60 goals and 136 points the following year. 

Maruk ended that season 4th in the NHL points race. The names in front of him were Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Peter Stastny. The names behind him were Brian Trottier, Denis Savard, and Marcel Dionne. 

Maruk is one of 20 players in the history of the NHL to score 60 goals. So why haven’t you heard of him? 

We discuss all that and more as we uncover one games forgotten stars. 

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Todd Warriner

Todd Warriner

Sportsnet Broadcaster and Analyst

Todd Warriner was initially best known as an NHL player, but now many recognize him as broadcaster and analyst with Sportsnet. 

At the OHL level, Todd was a force. After a fantastic rookie campaign at 16 years old, he netted 41 goals in only 50 games for the Windsor Spitfires in his draft year. His stat line, excellent skating ability and competitive nature earned him the 4th overall selection by the Quebec Nordiques, in the 1992 entry draft. However, many thought (including Todd and his agent) that he going to go 1st. We get into that incredible story on the episode. 

Todd Warriner

Episode 34. Season 1. Sept. 20, 2020

Todd would never play a game for the Nords though as he was a piece of a blockbuster trade in 1994 that sent Mats Sundin to the Leafs in return for Wendal Clark. 

But before he got traded to the Leafs, Quebec management suggested he play with the Canadian Men’s Olympic team. It was the 1993-94 season and the Olympics were being held in Lillehamer. Todd made the choice to join the team, and he chronicles that teams rise to an Olymypic silver medal.  

Warriner went on to play for 6 NHL teams (LeafsLigthning, Coyotes, Canucks, Flyers, Predators) racking up 453 games. Todd also spent time in Europe, experiencing time in Finland, Switzerland and Germany. 

We hear some great stories in this episode, including how he got his nickname “One-touch” in his rookie year in the NHL and also some stern advice from coach Pat Burns. 

Todd had some tech problems so we had to cut this interview short, so consider it Part 1. 

Please enjoy, Todd Warriner. 

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David Scatchard

Dave Scatchard

Ex NHL player and high performance coach

Dave Scatchard would not allow anything to stop him. He was going to play in the NHL, and that was that. 

Time after time Dave’s resolve and commitment was tested. And time after time he answered the bell. 

Dave Scatchard

Episode 33. Season 1. Sept. 14, 2020

Like his first season away from home at 16, when he wasn’t being fed, wasn’t being played, and was being bullied by the veteran’s. But he fought the urge to go home and found a way to play in the league. 

Or, when he managed to will his way onto the Portland Winterhawks at 17 and overcome a bout with mono mid-season to finally earn a spot on the top line come playoffs along with a second round selection in the 1994 draft. 

Or when he had heel surgery in the 1997 off-season, not allowing him to skate until 3 weeks before training camp, but he found a way to make the Canucks as 21-year old. 

Dave always showed up and always found a way to go harder than anyone else. 

Following the advice of Tim Hunter, Scatchard left no doubt when it came to his work ethic, his conditioning, or his resolve. And it worked. 

Scatch earned 659 NHL games with the Canucks, Islanders, Bruins, Coyotes, Predators and Blues and he is rightfully proud of every single one of them. A lot of people never thought he’d play a game. 

But play he did, and in 2002-2003 he even outscored Alexei Yashin to lead the Islanders in goals with 27.  

Dave, now a personal high performance coach says “confidence is found in taking action.” At one point in the conversation he even grabs a white board to diagram how every time we expand our comfort zone we expand the belief in our capabilities. Scatchard grew his internal belief system to a point where he believed no obstacle was too high, too strong, or too big. 

Dave tells such detailed stories that we weren’t able to cover everything in this episode. We didn’t even touch on the greatest adversity he faced and eventually overcame – post-concussion syndrome.  

We will save that for Part 2. Until then, be inspired and enjoy part 1 with Dave Scatchard. 

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Tyson Nash

Tyson Nash

Ex NHL player and agitator

Only one team can win a championship. At the Major Junior Level in the CHL, 60 teams currently compete every season for the Memorial Cup. That means 59 organizations aren’t happy at the end of the season , making one of the toughest trophies in sports to win. 

Tyson Nash

Episode 32. Season 1. Sept. 7, 2020

Tyson Nash raised the Memorial Cup 3 times in 4 years with the Kamloops Blazers 1992, 1994, and 1995 – a stretch of dominance never seen prior and probably never seen again. 

Winning is hard. Making the NHL is hard. And Tyson Nash was able to accomplish both. 

Tyson did not have an easy path to the Show. He was overlooked in his first year of NHL draft eligibility, and he did not get taken until the 11th round his second time through, when the Canucks took him at 247. 

Nash already played with a chip on his shoulder and this gave him even more fuel. He set out to prove that these guys were wrong – that he did belong and that he could contribute. 

Nash made his dream come true, playing 6 seasons in the NHL from 1999 to 2006 with the St. Louis Blues and the Phoenix Coyotes. Nash’s agitator style earned him a lot of enemies along the way. He was considered one of hockey’s most hated players during his time in the NHL, but he knew what his job was, and he did to the best of his ability. 

If you had to pick one word to describe Nash I think “competitor” would be appropriate. He fought for everything he got. The road wasn’t easy. His job wasn’t easy. But he had a dream and he had a commitment to that dream that was so firm, nothing was going to get in his way. 

In this episode learn: 

  • How to turn rejection into fuel 
  • What Nash believes are the key ingredients to building a championship team 
  • The sage advice his dad gave him before he arrived in St. Louis 
  • How to get noticed and make people remember you 

Lots of great stories in this episode and lots of good laughs. Please enjoy the ride with Tyson Nash.