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.
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.