Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wayne Maki
Wayne Maki was the younger brother of the Black Hawks' Chico Maki. He, too, played junior in St.Catharines, although the team nickname had changed from the Teepees to the Black Hawks by the time Wayne played.

He joined the NHL with the Black Hawks in 1967-68, playing with his brother. In June 1969, the St.Louis Blues claimed Maki from the Hawks. It was during training camp that fall that Wayne Maki and Boston Bruin defenseman Ted Green engaged in an infamous stick-swinging duel that almost ended Green's life. After a partial season in St.Louis, Maki was sent to the AHL.

In 1970-71, the Vancouver Canucks claimed the younger Maki brother in the Expansion Draft, and he played a full-time role with the new franchise until partway through the 1972-73 season. Wayne Maki was diagnosed with brain cancer on December 14, 1972. He never stepped onto the ice again. Tragically, Wayne Maki succumbed to the cancer on May 1, 1974.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOJHA 36 43 31 74 44
1964-65 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 56 29 48 77 43 4 3 4 7 10
1964-65 St. Louis Braves CPHL 3 0 0 0 4
1965-66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 69 25 26 51 46 2 0 1 1 13
1966-67 St. Louis Braves CPHL 67 31 28 59 69
1967-68 Dallas Black Hawks CPHL 12 5 7 12 14 5 2 1 3 17
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 49 5 5 10 32 -4 2 1 0 1 2
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 50 25 24 49 74 11 7 7 14 37
1969-70 St. Louis Blues NHL 16 2 1 3 4 -4
1969-70 Buffalo Bisons AHL 40 13 20 33 72 14 4 4 8 61
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 25 38 63 99 -13
1971-72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 22 25 47 43 -4
1972-73 Vancouver Canucks NHL 26 3 10 13 6 -11
NHL Totals 246 57 79 136 184 2 1 0 1 2


Brother of Chico
CPHL Second All-Star Team (1967)
Claimed by St. Louis from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 11, 1969. Claimed by Vancouver from St. Louis in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970.
Missed remainder of 1972-73 season after being diagnosed with brain cancer, December 14, 1972.