Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Zanussi
The Minnesota North Stars in the 1976 Entry Draft chose Ron Zanussi 51st overall. Zanussi played major junior hockey London Knights and would go on to share the IHL's top rookie honours in 1977 while playing with the Fort Wayne Komets.

He made the jump to the NHL in 1977-78 and appeared in 68 games with the North Stars, scoring 15 goals and 32 points. He scored a career high 45 points in the 1979-80 season and had appeared in 41 games for the North Stars the following season before being traded from Minnesota to Toronto on March 10, 1981.

Zanussi appeared in 55 games with the Maple Leafs over the next two seasons, spending most of his playing time in the minors until his retirement at the conclusion of the 1983-84 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 London Squires ON-Jr.B 65 21 20 41 110
1974-75 London Knights OMJHL 69 34 52 86 123
1975-76 London Knights OMJHL 40 17 19 36 55 5 2 1 3 8
1976-77 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 77 53 33 86 138 9 9 6 15 20
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 68 15 17 32 89 -20
1977-78 Fort Worth Texans CHL 6 2 1 3 5
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 63 14 16 30 82 +5
1978-79 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 4 3 1 4 6
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 72 14 31 45 93 +4 14 0 4 4 17
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 2 0 1 1 6
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 41 6 11 17 89 +3
1980-81 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 3 3 2 5 5
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 3 0 3 6 -7 3 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 43 0 8 8 14 -4
1981-82 Cincinnati Tigers CHL 21 12 9 21 32 4 0 2 2 4
1982-83 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 72 9 21 30 53
1983-84 St. Catharines Saints AHL 54 4 15 19 59
NHL Totals 299 52 83 135 373 17 0 4 4 17


Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year - IHL) (1977) (co-winner - Garth MacGuigan) Claimed by Minnesota as a fill-in during Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1978. Traded to Toronto by Minnesota with Minnesota's 3rd round pick (Ernie Godden) in 1981 NHL Draft for Toronto's 2nd round pick (Dave Donnelly) in 1981 NHL Draft, March 10, 1981.
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