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Marcel Dionne  1973-74

In 18 NHL seasons, Marcel Dionne scored 731 goals, but never played in a Stanley Cup final.

Not winning a championship is Dionne's greatest regret from his playing days. Leaving Detroit is a close second.

"My biggest disappointment is that my career with the Red Wings didn't work out," Dionne said. "My decision to leave was strictly business, but in retrospect, I'm convinced that I should have remained in Detroit and finished my career there.

"I realize now it's a great hockey town and a wonderful place to play." Certainly, the start to Dionne's Red Wings days were wonderful. Selected second overall in the 1971 NHL amateur draft, he led the club in scoring with 77 points in 1971-72, registering a club rookie-record 49 assists. The next year, he improved to 90 points and his combined totals of 167 points were the best first two seasons ever recorded by an NHL player.

The problems began during the 1972-73 season, when Dionne skipped a December game against Vancouver. He was suspended for a game the following season by coach Ted Garvin and submitted a trade request, but relented after Alex Delvecchio replaced Garvin as coach.

Named captain of the Wings at age 23 to commence the 1974-75 season, Dionne switched from No. 5 to the No. 12 Sid Abel wore on his back as Wings captain. "I gave this a great deal of thought and I'm convinced Marcel Dionne has both the talent to inspire and the ability to lead our club the way Sid did," Delvecchio said.

He looked a prophet when Dionne set a club single-season record by registering 121 points and won the Lady Byng Trophy, but Dionne played out his option and signed a five-year, $1 million deal with the Los Angeles Kings, rejecting a four-year, $1 million offer from the Wings, who received winger Dan Maloney and defenseman Terry Harper as compensation from L.A., since Dionne was a restricted free agent.

"It was not an easy decision to leave Detroit," Dionne said. "We loved the city because it was very sports-oriented and we loved the people."

Dionne won an NHL scoring title in L.A. and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992, five years before Detroit ended its 42-season Stanley Cup drought.

"The reason Detroit was able to win two Stanley Cups (in the 1990s) is because (owner) Mike Ilitch was willing to build from the bottom," Dionne said. Dionne only wishes Ilitch had arrived before he left.

BORN:
Drummondville, Quebec, August 3, 1951

ACQUIRED:
Selected second overall in the June 10, 1971 NHL amateur draft

BEST SEASON WITH RED WINGS:
1974-75 (47-74-121)

TOTALS WITH RED WINGS:
GP-309, G-139, A-227, PTS-366

HONORS:
Won Lady Byng Trophy, 1974-75; Played in NHL All-Star Game, 1974-75; Led team in scoring, 1971-72; 1973-74; 1974-75; Set team record for assists by rookies (49), 1971-72; Selected to Team Canada for 1972 Summit Series

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80