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07-25-2011, 09:33 AM
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Dale McCourt, C

Position: Centre
HT/WT: 5'10", 180 lbs
Shoots: Right
Nickname(s): "Chief"

- 3 Top-10's in shorthanded goals
- 1 Top-10 in Power-Play Goals and Power-Play Goals on Ice for
- Captained the Detroit Red Wings (1979-80)
- Shares all-time point record in one World Junior tournament (18 points in 7 games)
- 194 goals, 478 regular season points in 532 games played.
- 9 goals, 16 playoff points in 21 games played.

Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Dale McCourt entered the NHL with impressive enough credentials to be dubbed the next NHL superstar. He would never achieve those lofty expectations, but had a productive NHL career followed by a lengthy career in Switzerland.

Born in Falconbridge, Ontario, McCourt was a junior superstar in the OHA. He was a perennial 50 goal scorer who captained the the Hamilton Fincups to the Memorial Cup in 1976. He was also honored as the Stafford Smythe Memorial trophy as Memorial Cup MVP. In 1977McCourt also represented Canada at the 1977 World Junior Championships where he was tournament all-star and helped the nation win a silver medal. That season he was named the Canadian Major Junior player-of-the-year in 1977. He graduated junior as the all time leader in many scoring categories in all of Ontario
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
The struggling Detroit Red Wings opted to select McCourt with the first overall pick at the 1977 Amateur Draft, passing on the highly rated defenseman Barry Beck and a future Hall of Famer Mike Bossy. McCourt stepped in immediately, and playing on a line with Paul Woods and Bill Lochead, he impressed with 33 goals. He was the toast of Detroit after helping the Red Wings return to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

McCourt continued to be a solid point producer for Detroit, upping his scoring totals to 81 and 86 points in the following years, but the team never built on its success enjoyed in 1977-78.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Centre Dale McCourt was expected to be an NHL superstar after an outstanding amateur career. He ended up having a reasonably productive seven-year NHL career and also excelled in Europe. McCourt was a solid point producer for Detroit.

After being the first overall pick at the 1977 Amateur Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, McCourt impressed with 33 goals. His creativity on a line with XXXX XXXXX and XXXX XXXXXXX as well as the power play helped the club reach the playoffs for the first time since 1970.

In 1984-85, he played his first of seven years with Ambri Piotta of Switzerland. Along the way, McCourt topped the 40-goal mark twice and helped the team earn promotion to the Elite Division before retiring in 1991.
Originally Posted by Toledo Blade
The Detroit Red Wings have selected Dale McCourt of the Hamilton Fincups first overall, he is the top major junior player in Canada this year, and he has been the first selection in the amateur draft. He finished his junior career with a record 477 points on 194 goals and 233 assists.
Originally Posted by The Evening Independent
McCourt, an outstanding second year player.
Originally Posted by Argus-Press
Dale McCourt who Is also Detroit's leading scorer.
Originally Posted by Press-Courier
Explosive and efficient are commonly used words to describe Red Wings forwards John Ogrodnick and Dale McCourt, who took five shots between them and scored on all opportunities.
Originally Posted by Detroit Red Wings, the illustrated history
Dale McCourt, Detroit's first pick in the 1977 draft, was a remarkably consistent scorer collecting 28, 33, 30 and 30 goals in his first four seasons.

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