Washington Capitals alum Dennis Maruk is coming out with a new book and it appears to be one heck of a good read. According to Amazon, Dennis Maruk: The Unforgettable Story of Hockey’s Forgotten 60-Goal Man is available for preorder now and will be released on October 17.
Maruk wrote the book with Sportsnet Central’s Ken Reid. Reid has previously written the national bestsellers One Night Only and Hockey Card Stories. The foreword is written by Hockey Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier.
— Ken Reid (@SNKenReid) August 9, 2017
The preview of the book is fascinating.
From feared NHL sniper to ship captain and bellhop ― with hockey’s greatest ‘stache
Only 20 men in NHL history have scored 60 or more goals in a single season: Gretzky, Lemieux, and Hull all hit the magical mark. And so did an undersized, take-no-prisoners centre named Dennis Maruk. When Maruk found the back of the net 60 times in 1981–82, he was the toast of Washington ― he even dined with the president. A few short years later, he was out of the game. Maruk not only left the rink, his life did a complete 180. Instead of flying up the ice and in on goal, he was behind the wheel of a service ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of setting up teammates, he was setting up furniture for Goldie Hawn. He was never sent down to the farm as a rookie, but after the game he was a farmhand for John Oates. And instead of fighting in the corners, Dennis Maruk found himself fighting for his life.
Maruk was drafted in the first round of the 1975 NHL Draft by the legendary California Golden Seals. He would go on to play 14 seasons in the NHL.
After a trade to the Capitals in 1978, Maruk had the best seasons of his career. Maruk scored 50 goals during the 1980-81 campaign. During the 1981-82 season, Maruk scored a career high 60 goals. His mark of 76 assists and 136 points in the 1982 season remain Capitals’ records for a single-season.
Maruk now serves as a motivational speaker. He also regularly participates in Capitals alumni events.
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