On April 5, 1980, future Hall of Famer, Marcel Dionne of the Los Angeles Kings edged out a young phenom from the Edmonton Oilers to win the scoring title. Dionne and Gretzky finished the '79-'80 season tied with 137 points apiece, but Dionne had two more goals so he took home the Art Ross Trophy. It was the only time in his career that he would win the scoring title, however Dionne consistently finished near the top in the points category as well as many others. Marcel played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, in that time he was a goal scoring machine. He lit the lamp 731 times and recorded a grand total of 1,171 points before he retired in 1989. At the time of his retirement Dionne was the third leading scorer of all time, only Gretzky and Howe had scored more points in their careers.
A native of Quebec, Dionne rose through the junior rankings quickly and by 1971 he was drafted 2nd overall by the Detroit Red Wings. Dionne's rookie season was a great one, he scored 77 points, which was a record for a rookie at the time. With speed and the ability to score at a moments notice, Dionne turned into one of the best centers in the league. He finished third in the league in points in the '74-'75 season with 121 and was developing into one of the league's elite players. Unfortunately for the Red Wings organization a contract dispute would lead to a trade to the L.A. Kings in June of 1975. While it was unfortunate for the Red Wings, the Kings would get to watch this kid turn into the franchise's all time leading scorer.
Dionne showed up in L.A. and made an immediate impact as he scored 40 goals in his first season with the team, he followed it up with a 53 goal season. In 1979 he was put on a line with Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer, it became known as "The Triple Crown" line. Dionne had already made a name for himself but the two guys by his side were far from established. It wouldn't take them long to become superstars right along side of Dionne. The line went onto become one of the best scoring combos in the history of the game. The '80-'81 season was the best as each player topped 100 points on the season. The trio played together until Taylor was traded in October of 1984.
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