Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Semenko
Two-time Stanley Cup winner Dave Semenko not only played with Wayne Gretzky, he was highly regarded as his on ice bodyguard.

Semenko played junior hockey in Brandon Manitoba for the Travellers and the Wheat Kings where he enjoyed his best season as an amateur in 1976-77 amassing 60 points in 61 games. That same year, Minnesota selected Semenko in the second round of the 1977 Amateur Draft and by the Houston Aeros in the WHA's draft. His rights would then be traded to the Edmonton Oilers, one of four teams to join the NHL in 1979.

He spent seven and a half seasons in Edmonton as the team won two Cups during his stay. His best playoff performance came in 1984 when the Oilers won their first cup and Semenko collected ten points (five goals and five assists), in the 19 games played.

After only five games with the Oilers in the 1986-87 season, Semenko was traded to the Hartford Whalers where he finished the season. He was later sent to Toronto where he finished his career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Brandon Travellers MJHL 42 11 17 28 55
1974-75 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 12 2 1 3 12 4 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 72 8 5 13 194 5 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 61 27 33 60 265 16 3 4 7 61
1977-78 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 7 10 5 15 40
1977-78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 65 6 6 12 140 5 0 0 0 8
1978-79 Edmonton Oilers WHA 77 10 14 24 158 11 4 2 6 29
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 6 7 13 135 -13 3 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 58 11 8 19 80 -4 8 0 0 0 5
1980-81 Wichita Wind CHL 14 1 2 3 40
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 59 12 12 24 194 +7 4 0 0 0 2
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 12 15 27 141 +19 15 1 1 2 69
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 52 6 11 17 118 +9 19 5 5 10 44
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 6 12 18 172 +5 14 0 0 0 39
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 6 12 18 141 -1 6 0 0 0 32
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 5 0 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 51 4 8 12 87 -7 4 0 0 0 15
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 2 3 5 107 -8
NHL Totals 575 65 88 153 1175 73 6 6 12 208


Selected by Houston (WHA) in 1977 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1977. WHA rights traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Houston (WHA) for future considerations, November, 1978. Reclaimed by Minnesota from Edmonton prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Traded to Edmonton by Minnesota for Edmonton's 2nd (Neal Broten) and 3rd (Kevin Maxwell) round choices in 1979 Entry Draft, August 9, 1979. Traded to Hartford by Edmonton for Hartford's 3rd round choice (Trevor Sim) in 1988 Entry Draft, December 12, 1986. Traded to Toronto by Hartford for Bill Root, September 8, 1987.