35. Marcel Dionne

Everyone likely agrees that the Hall of Fame career of Marcel Dionne was firmed as a Los Angeles King, but it began in the Original Six with Detroit, a team that was not immensely blessed with other talents on Dionne's level at the time.

The Red Wings never made the post-season when Dionne was there, but that was certainly no fault of the Center from Quebec.  Finishing third in Calder voting in 1971-72 with 77 Points, Dionne climbed to 90 Points the year after.  The Red Wings Center rocketed to 121 Points in 1974-75, which was good enough for third overall that year.

Frustrated with Detroit’s lack of success, a trade was engineered to Los Angeles, which at the time was the highest contract ever offered for a Hockey Player.

Dionne was chosen for the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 2nd Overall in the NHL Draft 6/10/71.
  • Departed: Traded to the Los Angeles Kings with Bart Crashley for Dan Maloney, Terry Harper, and Los Angeles 1976 2ndRound Pick (which was traded to Minnesota who took Jim Roberts) 6/13/75.
  • Games Played: 309
  • Notable Statistics:

    139 Goals
    227 Assists 
    366 Points 
    376 PIM 
    1.18 PPG 
    -50 Plus/Minus 
    32.8 Point Shares 
    0 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Lady Byng Trophy (1975)
    All-Star Game (1975)
    Most Short-Handed Goals (1974-75)

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