Young Dionne Enjoyed Summit Experience


Marcel Dionne had just come off of his rookie season in the National Hockey League as the 1972 Team Canada training camp began, and many, including himself, were surprised by his inclusion on Team Canada '72. But his immense skill level was too hard to ignore, as his hockey career would prove in the many seasons of greatness in the NHL following the tournament. Dionne finished his career as the NHL's second highest scoring leader of all time.

Dionne never did make an appearance in the tournament, but he quietly enjoyed his time. The coaching staff opted to go with the proven veterans as it became obvious that the Series was going to be a battle of the titans, young players like Dionne were relegated to back-bencher status.

But Dionne maintained a positive attitude through out.

"I just did what I was asked to do and enjoyed the company of these great stars. I figured I could learn a lot from them even by practicing with them," he wrote in the 2001 book Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now?

"People ask if I [regret] not winning a Stanley Cup, but [winning the series against the Soviet Union] was the best," he said in a 1997 interview with the Globe and Mail. "It was the greatest experience of my hockey career by far.

"There were many reasons: Being around all the great names of the game at a young age because they were my heroes; the fact this meant so much to Canada. It was just an incredible thing to be a part of.

"There was tremendous emotion. Every shift was so emotional. I've never seen anything like it since. Some of the Canada Cups came close, but by then a lot of [European] players came and played in our league so we were more familiar with them."

1972 Summit Series.com Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #34 - Marcel Dionne - Center
 

Position: C
Shoots: Right
Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
Born: 8/3/1951 Drummondville, Quebec
1972 NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings


Summit Series Statistics

GP Pts PIM SOG SAG +/-
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Other Team Canada Appearances - Marcel twice represented his nation as one of the best players in Canada at the Canada Cup tournament. He was a scoring sensation in both the 1976 and 1981 tournaments, scoring a combined total of 5 goals and 10 points.

Due to lack of NHL playoff success, Marcel rarely passed up on the opportunity to play for Canada in the world championships. He participated in 1978, 1979, 1983 and 1986, scoring a total of 21 goals, 11 assists and 32 points in 37 WC games.

NHL Career Notes - Although he spent most of his career in relative anonymity in Los Angeles during the 1970s and 1980s, Dionne is recognized as one of the greatest scorers in hockey history.

Career NHL Statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
Regular Season 1348 731 1040 1771 600
NHL Playoffs  49 21 24 45 17

 

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