Wednesday, March 12, 2014
It was in Washington where Maruk blossomed into a star. In 1980-81, he exploded for 50 goals. In 1981-82, he shattered the Capitals franchise record book with an astounding 60 goals and 76 assists. Only thirteen different players in NHL history have scored more points in a single season than Maruk's 136, and eleven of those are in the Hall of Fame. (Of the remaining two, Jaromir Jagr is a shoe-in once eligible, and Bernie Nicholls will get in eventually.)
Maruk returned to the North Stars in 1983 and spent the final six seasons of his career at Met Center. He was a solid, productive player, but never reached the heights that he did with the Capitals.