Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dirk Graham
Forward Dirk Graham spent parts of a dozen NHL seasons with the Minnesota North Stars and Chicago Black Hawks in the 80s and 90s. He was a diligent checker, team leader and under-rated goal scoring threat.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Graham was chosen 89th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1979 after starring with the hometown Pats of the WCJHL. He spent four years in the minors and was a dominant scorer with the IHL's Toledo Goaldiggers. In 1981 he scored 40 goals and was named to the league's second all-star team then notched 70 goals in 1983 and was placed on the first team.

The North Stars gradually worked him into the line up and oversaw his development in the CHL and AHL for two years before he won a job in 1985-86. Along the way he was named to the CHL first all-star team after scoring 94 points for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in 1983-84. Graham recorded consecutive 20-goal seasons in Minny then represented Canada when it finished fourth at the 1987 World Championships. Early in the 1987-88 season the hard working forward was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for hard-nosed forward Curt Fraser.

Graham played the finest hockey of his career in Chicago. He scored at least 20 goals four times, helped the team reach the Stanley Cup final in 1992 and served as the team's captain from 1989 to 1995. He was an inspirational leader on and off the ice and was an exemplary worker on both specialty teams. In 1991 Graham's stellar work without the puck earned him the Frank J. Selke trophy. A few months later represented his country at the Canada Cup and scored a key shorthanded goal when the team vanquished the United States in the two-game final. Graham retired after the Lockout-shortened season in 1995. He served as an assistant to Hawks' coach Craig Hartsburg in 1995-96, took a year off, then returned as a scout with the organization. Graham served briefly as head coach of Chicago in 1998-99 but was replaced by Lorne Molleken.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Regina Blues SJHL 54 36 32 68 82
1975-76 Regina Pats WCJHL 2 0 0 0 0 6 1 1 2 5
1976-77 Regina Pats WCJHL 65 37 28 65 66
1977-78 Regina Pats WCJHL 72 49 61 110 87 13 15 19 34 37
1978-79 Regina Pats WHL 71 48 60 108 252
1979-80 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 62 17 15 32 96
1980-81 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 6 1 2 3 12
1980-81 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 61 40 45 85 88
1981-82 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 72 49 56 105 68 13 10 11 21 8
1982-83 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 78 70 55 125 88 11 13 7 20 30
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 6 1 1 2 0 +1 1 0 0 0 2
1983-84 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 57 37 57 94 72 5 3 8 11 2
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 36 12 11 23 23 -15 9 0 4 4 7
1984-85 Springfield Indians AHL 37 20 28 48 41
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 22 33 55 87 -6 5 3 1 4 2
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 25 29 54 142 -2
1986-87 Canada WEC-A 9 0 3 3 8
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 28 7 5 12 39 -11
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 42 17 19 36 32 +4 4 1 2 3 4
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 33 45 78 89 +8 16 2 4 6 38
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 22 32 54 102 +1 5 1 5 6 2
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 24 21 45 88 +12 6 1 2 3 17
1991-92 Canada Can-Cup 8 3 1 4 0
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 17 30 47 89 -5 18 7 5 12 8
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 84 20 17 37 139 0 4 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 67 15 18 33 45 +13 6 0 1 1 4
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 40 4 9 13 42 +2 16 2 3 5 8
NHL Totals 772 219 270 489 917 90 17 27 44 92


IHL Second All-Star Team (1981)
IHL First All-Star Team (1983)
CHL First All-Star Team (1984)
Frank J. Selke Trophy (1991)
Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, August 17, 1983. Traded to Chicago by Minnesota for Curt Fraser, January 4, 1988. Named as Head Coach of Chicago, June 29, 1998.