Wayne Merrick

Leonard Wayne Merrick (born April 23, 1952) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played 774 career National Hockey League games for the St. Louis Blues, California Seals, Cleveland Barons and New York Islanders.

Wayne Merrick
Wayne Merrick 1973.jpg
Born (1952-04-23) April 23, 1952 (age 69)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for NHL
St. Louis Blues
California Seals
Cleveland Barons
New York Islanders
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1972
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1972–1984

Playing careerEdit

Wayne Merrick helped provide toughness and grit to the talent-laden New York Islanders of the late 1970s and early 1980s, acquired from the Cleveland Barons in exchange for J.P. Parise and Jean Potvin during the 1977-78 season.[1] He played on the famed "Banana Line" centering John Tonelli and Bob Nystrom.[2] He won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders between 1980 and 1983.[3] He scored the Cup-clinching goal in Game Five of the 1981 Stanley Cup Finals.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1969–70 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 51 10 17 27 10 5 0 2 2 0
1970–71 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 62 34 42 76 41 11 6 8 14 4
1971–72 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 62 39 56 95 21 18 13 6 19 0
1972–73 St. Louis Blues NHL 50 10 11 21 10 5 0 1 1 2
1972–73 Denver Spurs WHL 22 6 13 19 6
1973–74 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 20 23 43 32
1974–75 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 28 37 65 57 2 1 1 2 0
1975–76 St. Louis Blues NHL 19 7 8 15 0
1975–76 California Golden Seals NHL 56 25 27 52 36
1976–77 Cleveland Barons NHL 80 18 38 56 25
1977–78 Cleveland Barons NHL 18 2 5 7 8
1977–78 New York Islanders NHL 37 10 14 24 8 7 1 0 1 0
1978–79 New York Islanders NHL 75 20 21 41 24 10 2 3 5 2
1979–80 New York Islanders NHL 70 13 22 35 16 21 2 4 6 2
1980–81 New York Islanders NHL 71 16 15 31 30 18 6 12 18 8
1981–82 New York Islanders NHL 68 12 27 39 20 19 6 6 12 6
1982–83 New York Islanders NHL 59 4 12 16 27 19 1 3 4 10
1983–84 New York Islanders NHL 31 6 5 11 10 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 774 191 265 456 303 102 19 30 49 30

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1977 Canada WC 10 4 3 7 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Anderson, Dave (19 May 1981). "By Sports of The Times; The Cup Embodies Merrick's Dreams". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Hockey's All-Time Classic Lines". SI.com. Sports Illustrated. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. ^ Brooks, Larry (22 May 2005). "DYNASTY IN THE DARK – NO CHEERS FOR ISLANDERS 25 YEARS AFTER FIRST CUP". New York Post. New York Post. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Stanley Cup Champions 1980-1989". NHL.com. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gene Carr
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
1972
Succeeded by
John Davidson