Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Chico Maki
Chico Maki grew up in northern Ontario and played Tier Two with his hometown Sault Ste Marie North Stars at the age of 16 before heading south to join the St. Catharines Teepees of the OHA, headed by legendary general manager Rudy Pilous.

In his first year with the Teepees, Maki played a checking role, with his main objective to stop the oppositions top forwards. By his second year, Maki received more offensive responsibilities and it showed in his offensive numbers. Playing alongside the likes of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita didn't hurt either. In 1958-59, Maki was one of the team leaders and contributed 41 goals and 94 points in 54 games.

Despite the fact Maki had improved his all-around game, he was essentially ignored by the NHL, and specifically the Chicago Blackhawks, were already rich in talent at the forward positions. With limited options of where he could play, he decided to return to the Teepees for a fourth season in 1959-60 which turned out to be the best move he could have selected. Once again Maki was one of the team's offensive leaders and was an instrumental force in helping St. Catharines to win the Memorial Cup championship that spring. Other notables on that powerhouse Teepees team included; Vic Hadfield, Ray Cullen, Bill Ives and Roger Crozier in goal.

It was thanks to Maki's strong play with the Teepees in 1960 that led to his earning a full-time roster spot with the AHLs Buffalo Bisons. By the fall of 1962, Maki had earned himself a place with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, where he remained for duration of his 13-year NHL career. Maki's best season from an offensive point of view was in 1970-71 when he tallied 22 goals and 48 points. Maki and the Blackhawks twice advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, coming up on the losing end both times to the Montreal Canadiens in 1971 and 1973.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1955-56 Sault Ste. Marie North Stars NOJHA 12 9 21 14
1956-57 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 47 6 6 12 32 14 2 1 3 32
1957-58 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 49 21 19 40 72 8 3 5 8 10
1958-59 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 54 41 53 94 64 7 2 1 3 10
1958-59 Buffalo Bisons AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1958-59 Trois-Rivieres Lions QHL 1 0 0 0 0
1959-60 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 47 39 53 92 75 17 11 18 29 40
1959-60 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 1 0 1 1 0
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 3 1 4 5 0
1959-60 St. Catharines Teepees M-Cup 14 8 19 27 41
1960-61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 69 30 42 72 20 4 0 0 0 2
1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1961-62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 16 4 6 10 2
1961-62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 51 21 28 49 65 11 3 5 8 15
1962-63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 65 7 17 24 35 6 0 1 1 2
1963-64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 8 14 22 70 7 0 0 0 15
1964-65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 65 16 24 40 58 14 3 9 12 8
1965-66 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 17 31 48 41 3 1 1 2 0
1966-67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 56 9 29 38 14 6 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 60 8 16 24 4 -10 11 2 5 7 4
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 66 7 21 28 30 -1
1969-70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 75 10 24 34 27 +9 8 2 2 4 2
1970-71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 72 22 26 48 18 +31 18 6 5 11 6
1971-72 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 62 13 34 47 22 +44 8 1 4 5 4
1972-73 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 77 13 19 32 10 +5 16 2 8 10 0
1973-74 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 9 25 34 12 +13 11 0 1 1 2
1974-75
1975-76 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 22 0 6 6 2 -9 4 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 841 143 292 435 345 113 17 36 53 43


Brother of Wayne
OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1960)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1961) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1961, 1971, 1972)