1968 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
1 9
John Marks
Selected by Chicago from North Dakota (WCHA)
Chicago Black Hawks North Dakota Fighting Sioux
John Marks
 

6-foot-2, 195 pounds

Left-hand shot

Defense

Pre-Draft Statistics

Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1966-67St. James MJHL 6 1 3 4 0
1967-68 North Dakota WCHL 33 3 6 9 16

Pre-Draft Notes

Played in 1968 NCAA title game. ... Football scholarship offer at Simon Fraser. ... Grew up avid Black Hawks fan. ... Attended Winnipeg's Daniel McIntyre High.
Canadian • Born March 22, 1948 in Hamiota, Manitoba • Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Career Vitals

First contract: 1972
Debut: October 8, 1972
(Chicago vs. N.Y. Rangers)
Final NHL game: April 11, 1982 (playoffs)
(Chicago vs. Minnesota)
Retired: 1982
Stanley Cup: Never won
Number worn: 11

Career NHL Statistics

Team: Chicago
Years: 1972-1982. Playoffs: 1973-1982

Regular Season
  GP G A TP PIM
10 years 657 112 163 275 330
 
Stanley Cup Playoffs
GP G A TP PIM
10 years 57 5 9 14 60
 
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Career Highlights

Named to NCAA All-America West First Team with North Dakota in 1968-69 and 1969-70. ... Named to WCHA All-Star Second Team with North Dakota in 1968-69. ... North Dakota co-captain in 1969-70. ... Named to WCHA All-Star First Team with North Dakota in 1969-70. ... Played on Dallas team that won 1971-72 CHL regular-season title. ... Won CHL Adams Cup with Dallas in 1972. ...  Represented Chicago in 1976 NHL All-Star Game. ... Played 53 games for 1981-82 Indianapolis team that went on to win CHL Adams Cup championship, but was not with team during playoffs. ... Won NCAA Championship as assistant coach of North Dakota in 1987. ...  Inducted into Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987. ... Won ECHL Riley Cup as head coach of Charlotte in 1996 and ECHL Kelly Cup as head coach of Greenville in 2002. ... Holds ECHL career coaching records for games coached (1,008), seasons coached (15), wins (491), and losses (422). ... Won SPHL President's Cup as head coach of Fayetteville in 2007. ... Won SPHL Coach of Year award with Fayetteville in 2006-07. ...... Inducted into ECHL Hall of Fame in 2012.

Marks' Iron Man Streak

Although Steve Larmer is remembered as Chicago's hockey iron man for playing in 884 consecutive games with the team, Marks earned that title man years before Larmer came along. On Oct. 17, 1973, Marks missed a home game against Vancouver. He would play in the next 509 Vancouver games until missing a Jan. 2, 1980, game vs. Colorado. During that streak -- on Dec. 16, 1979 -- Marks set what was then a  Chicago record by playing in his 503rd consecutive game for Black Hawks at home vs. Detroit. By playing that game, he broke the previous record set by Hall of Famer Glenn Hall.

Significant Injuries

Missed part of 1979-80 season with foot injury, an injury suffered in Chicago's Dec. 30, 1979, game vs. Boston. The injury ended his Chicago record consecutive-games streak at 509. ... Missed half of 1980-81 season with broken ankle, an injury suffered during Chicago's Oct. 25, 1980, game at Colorado. The injury required surgery that kept him out of action until Chicago's Jan. 28, 1981, game vs. Vancouver.

Life Outside the NHL

Full Name: John Garrison Marks

Other Post-Draft Teams: North Dakota (WCHA); Dallas (CHL); Indianapolis (CHL); Kalamazoo (IHL)

Education: Attended University of North Dakota, leaving school after junior year to turn pro. ... Completed his undergraduate degree in off-seasons and later earned master's degree from North Dakota while coaching there.

Career Beyond Hockey: Worked for a bank in Chicago during off-seasons of his playing career.

Family: Father of former Tier II junior goaltender Logan Marks.

Non-Playing Career

COACHING CAREER
Named North Dakota (WCHA) assistant coach prior to 1982-83 season and remained in that position through 1986-87 season. ... Named Kalamazoo (IHL) head coach prior to 1987-88 season and remained in that position through 1990-91 season. During this time, he played one game for Kalamazoo during the 1987-88 season, scoring a goal in that game. ... Named Indianapolis (IHL) head coach prior to 1991-92 season and remained in that position through 66 games of 1992-93 season. ... Named Charlotte (ECHL) head coach prior to 1993-94 season and remained in that position through 1997-98 season. ... Named Greenville (ECHL) head coach prior to 1998-99 season and remained in that position through 2005-06 season. ... Named Fayetteville (SPHL) head coach prior to 2006-07 season and remained in that position through 2006-07 season. ... Named Pensacola (ECHL) head coach prior to 2007-08 season and remained in that position through 2007-08 season. ... Named Augusta (ECHL) head coach prior to 2008-09 season and remained in that position until team folded on Dec. 2, 2008. ... Named Florida (ECHL) assistant coach on March 23, 2009,
and remained in that position until June 2009. ... Named Dayton (IHL) head coach in June 2009 and remained in that position through 2009-10 season. ... Named Winkler (MJHL) head coach on May 20, 2010, and remained in that position through 2010-11 season. ... Named Fargo (USHL) head coach on July 18, 2011, and currently holds that position.

MANAGEMENT CAREER
Named Charlotte (ECHL) director of hockey operations prior to 1997-98 season and remained in that position through 1997-98 season. ... Named Greenville (ECHL) director of hockey operations prior to 1998-99 season and remained in that position through 2005-06 season. ...  Named Augusta (ECHL) director of hockey operations prior to 2008-09 season and remained in that position until team folded on Dec. 2, 2008. ... Named Winkler (MJHL) director of hockey operations on May 20, 2010, and remained in that position through 2010-11 season. .... Named Fargo (USHL) director of hockey operations on July 18, 2011, and currently holds that position.

Miscellaneous:

Selected by Winnipeg Jets in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft -- in February 1972. Played primarily as defenseman during his first NHL season with Chicago in 1972-73. Played on line with Stan Mikita and Cliff Koroll as a rookie with Chicago during 1973 playoffs. Preferred defense, but used almost exclusively at left wing beginning in 1973-74 season.
Coached team of special floor hockey players from the Chicago area during summer of 1974. Scored two goals in first 33 seconds of Chicago's game at Philadelphia on Nov. 13, 1975. Became a full-time left wing for Chicago in mid-1970s even though he preferred defense. Played for Chicago's off-season softball team that competed in Molson Slo-Pitch tournament.
SNAPSHOT '68
Total Selected:24
Forwards: 13
Defense: 8
Goaltenders: 3
Major Junior: 16
College Players: 4
Canadian: 22
USA Citizens: 2
U.S.-Born: 1
European: 0
Reached NHL: 10
Won Stanley Cup: 2
Hall of Fame: 0
All-Star Game: 2
Year-end All-Star: 0
Olympians: 0
Picks Traded: 1


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