Ontario Hockey League grad Dino Ciccarelli was recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and for good reason. Despite never hoisting the Stanley Cup or any other major NHL award, Dino’s name is littered throughout many all-time NHL scoring categories.
Ciccarelli played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OMJHL at the time) from 1976-77 to 1979-80, all with the London Knights. The highlight of Dino’s junior career was his second season when he led the league in goals with 72, two more than Wayne Gretzky and three more than Bobby Smith. In the points category, Ciccarelli finished third with 142 points, 40 behind Gretzky and 50 behind Smith in a record setting season. Neither Smith nor Gretzky played right wing so Dino was awarded the Jim Mahon Trophy as the highest scoring right winger.
A broken leg during the 1978-79 season and a stature than was thought to be too small for the era kept Dino out of the draft. Despite that, he went on to a 21 year NHL career with the Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.
Ciccarelli topped out at 55 goals and 106 points in 1981-82 with the North Stars. The point total was good for third in the league. Ironically, he finished behind the same pair from the 1977-78 season. Bobby Smith finished eight points ahead of Dino and Gretzky finished with twice as many points with 212.
Where Dino Ciccarelli sits on the NHL’s all-time lists:
Regular season power play goals – 232 – 8th
Regular season shots on goal – 3706 – 25th
Playoff goals per game – .528 – 13th
Playoff powerplay goals – 34 – tied with Wayne Gretzky for 3rd
Playoff game winning goals – 13 – tied for 15th
Regular season goals – 608 – 16th
Regular season points – 1200 – 45th
Playoff goals – 73 – 13th
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