Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Dionne (left) at the 2005 AHL skills competition.
Too often Marcel Dionne is overlooked when hockey fans discuss the greatest players of all time.
As far as the Kings go, Dionne is a legend. Unfortunately, during his 12 years in L.A., the team lacked the depth to make a dent in the playoffs.
Still, Dionne brought his A-game each and every night, centering the “Triple Crown Line” which featured Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer on his wings.
Dionne was a model of consistency, rarely appearing in fewer than 78 games and topping the 100-point mark seven times for L.A. His eight career 100-plus-point seasons ranks third all time behind only Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky. He ranks fourth all time in goals with 731 and fifth in points with 1,771.
And who could forget the “Miracle on Manchester”? In 1982, Dionne and the Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in their first-round playoff series, which today is still considered one of the biggest upsets in playoff history.
While the team may not have gotten past the second-round of the playoffs during the Dionne era, his talent alone is enough to make him one of the most beloved Kings ever.