Monday, March 11, 2013

NHL Alumni Interview: Washington Capitals Legend Dennis Maruk

On February 9th, 1982, many of the game’s greatest players gathered in Washington, DC, for the 34th NHL All-Star game. One by one, the Prince of Wales and Campbell Conference players were introduced on their respective bluelines - Gretzky, Bossy, Stastny, Coffey, Bourque and Robinson. However, the crowd only rose to their feet in unison when the final player was introduced; the greatest cheers that day rang out for #20, Dennis Maruk.

Raised in Rexdale, Ontario, Dennis was a scoring sensation during his Junior career with the London Knights in the early 1970’s, recording 112, 113 and 145 points in his three seasons with the team. Despite his success on the ice, the 5’8 center/winger was overlooked in the opening round of the 1975 NHL Draft. It was not until the second round began that his name was called, not by his hometown Maple Leafs, but by the California Golden Seals.

Read my NHL Alumni interview with former 60-goal scorer Dennis Maruk at the NHL Alumni website.

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