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Dennis Polonich
Dennis Polonich
Center
Number: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 166
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 4, 1953
Birthplace: Foam Lake, SK, Canada
Drafted: DET / 1973 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 8th (118th overall)
Growing up in small-town Saskatchewan, Dennis Polonich was a rough, tough kid who fought frequently with his brothers and other kids in the neighbourhood. And yet, on the ice, as an all-star midget player, he won an award as a "most gentlemanly player."

But as he moved into the junior ranks, Polonich had difficulty scoring goals against players whose size differential was rapidly expanding beyond his 5-foot-6 frame. To impress the pro scouts he redefined himself as a troublemaker for the opposition as sort of firey little spark plug.

His plan was confirmed successful when the Red Wings selected him 118th overall in the 1973 amateur draft. As an experiment, the club's management farmed him out to England to play for the London Lions for one season. He then joined the Virginia Wings for some minor-league seasoning in 1974-75. Polonich threw leather at everything that moved. He fought, hit and cajoled his enemies at every turn. His strategy was again timely. The Wings were in a mood to get tough and Polonich became their modus operendi.

Over the next five and a half seasons, he became the Wings' fevered little madman. Being very outgoing, he constantly talked to the opposition, trying to distract them from their game. He also prided himself in his willingness to fight anyone, no matter how big the opponent. He figured that if he won the fight, he'd accomplished what he wanted and, if he lost, then the outcome kept him from getting overconfident.

In 1978, Polonich was at his irritating best when he got way under the skin of Colorado Rockies' Wilf Paiement. Paiement smashed him across the face with a stick. The incident provoked a lawsuit that brought Polonich what was then an astronomical settlement of $850,000 in 1982. At about that time, The Dennis Polonich Show had fallen off in the Red Wings' ratings. As such, he was demoted to Adirondack of the AHL where he played most of the five seasons that followed.

He then jumped to the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the IHL where he ended his career after two campaigns in 1987.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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