Our guest today is 1981 Masterton Trophy winner Blake Dunlop, an 11-year NHL pro with the North Stars, Flyers, Blues and Red Wings.
As a junior in 1972-73, Blake led the Ontario Hockey Association in scoring with 159 points in 62 games. He was the first pick of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1973 NHL draft.
After four up-and-down seasons with Minnesota, Blake career took a turn for the better in 1977-78 when he joined the AHL’s Maine Mariners, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. Blake helped lead the Mariners to a Calder Cup championship and was named the league’s MVP.
After a season with the Flyers, Blake was traded to the St. Louis Blues, where he finally found a hockey home.
In 1980-81 he collected 20 goals and 67 assists centering a line with Jorgen Pettersson and Wayne Babych as the Blues vaulted to second in the NHL’s season standings.
Much like the description of the Masterton Trophy, Blake’s career is a study in perseverance and dedication in the face of numerous obstacles.
We’ll talk about Blake’s rise to NHL stardom and many of the notable personalities he met along the way like Denis Potvin, Gump Worsley, Red Berenson, Steve Yzerman and many more.