Marcel Dionne dominated the NHL throughout the 70’s and 80’s.
The 2nd overall in the 1971 NHL Entry Draft behind Guy Lefleur, Dionne would start his career as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. He used a Sherwood stick and CCM gloves to post 77 points in his first season – an NHL rookie record at the time – and did not wear a helmet.
After missing the playoffs in four consecutive seasons with the Red Wings, Dionne was traded to the Los Angeles Kings where he would immediately become the face of the franchise. At the end of the 1979-80 NHL season, Dionne tied Wayne Gretzky for the league lead in points with 137, but Dionne was awarded the Art Ross because he scored two more goals. Just two seasons later, Dionne would score his 500th career goal using a CCM PPM 101 stick, CCM gloves, Bauer skates, CCM pants and a CCM helmet.
After eleven and a half seasons with the Kings, Dionne again became frustrated with his team’s lack of playoff success and was traded to the New York Rangers in hopes of finally playing for the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately for Dionne’s Stanley Cup aspirations, the Rangers were eliminated by the Flyers in the 1st round. The Rangers would miss the playoffs the next two seasons and Dionne would call it a career.
At the time of his retirement in 1989, he was second in goals, assists and points in the NHL (trailing only Gordie Howe). His 1771 career points in 1348 games played now ranks sixth all time. In Marcel Dionne’s final season, he was seen using a Sherwood Feather Lite stick, Rawlings gloves, CCM pants, CCM skates and a CCM helmet.