Other than his ridiculously successful 1981-82 season, Dennis Maruk was destined to be forgotten by history. Even with his amazing 60 goal and 136 point season, he is barely an after thought as it is.
But now everybody wants to talk to Dennis Maruk. The Washington Times. The New York Times. Okay, so that's it so far, but I'm sure he'll be a popular interview, now that the media have been able to track him down. It turns out Maruk is managing a high end furniture warehouse in Aspen, Colorado.
Of course, people are remembering him because Alexander Ovechkin is quickly zeroing in on his 60 goal record, a Washington Capitals team record. "Ovie" has a league leading 54 goals in 68 games so far this season.
When the Washington Times asked him about the record, Maruk said "I've never really thought about it that much. Besides, records are going to be broken, you know? Ovechkin is such a fantastic, exciting player, so strong and powerful. He can do it all. He's got a fabulous shot, he knows how to put himself in great position and he knows when to shoot. That's what a goal scorer does. It's fun to watch."
Unfortunately for Maruk, his amazing season never really registered with NHL glory, probably for two reasons. First, his 60 goal season was in the same year Wayne Gretzky had 92, the all-time single-season record. Secondly, Maruk's Caps finished with a dismal 26-41-13 record, well out of the playoffs.
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