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|1979 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in fifth round
89 overall by Vancouver Canucks
Born July 29, 1959
Right Wing / Left Wing|
Height: 5-11 Weight:
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
WHL All-Star Second Team: 1978-79 (Regina)
| Debut: February 18, 1984 (Quebec at
Numbers: 21 (Minnesota); 8, 33 (Chicago)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired August 7, 1995
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Selke Trophy: 1990-91 (Chicago)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1992 (Chicago)
Captain: Jan. 21, 1989, until Aug. 7, 1995
NHL Records: Most
goals in one period of a Stanley Cup Finals game (3 in first period vs.
Pittsburgh on June 1, 1992, shares record), fastest three goals in one period
of a Stanley Cup Finals game (3 in 9:57 in first period vs. Pittsburgh on June
Most shorthanded goals in one season (10 in 1988-89), most goals in one period
of playoff game (3 in first period vs. Pittsburgh on June 1, 1992)
Scouting Career: Named Chicago pro scout on July 2, 1997, and remained
in that position until June 29, 1998. ... Named Chicago pro scout on Feb.
22, 1999, and held position through 1999-00 season. ... Named Tampa Bay pro
scout on June 27, 2003, and remained in that position until July 19, 2004.
Career: Named Chicago assistant coach on Aug. 7, 1995, and remained in
that position until June 1996. ... Named Chicago head coach on June 29, 1998,
and remained in position until Feb. 22, 1999.
Miscellaneous: Set Minnesota/Dallas record (since broken) for shots in
one playoff game with 10 during Minnesota's 1986 first-round playoff series
vs. St. Louis. ... Missed part of 1986-87 season with bruised ribs. ... Missed
part of 1987-88 season with sprained wrist, an injury suffered in November
1987. ... Lost a bid for unrestricted free agency in 1988 when he claimed that
Chicago had failed to give him a written offer for a new contract by the Aug.
10, 1988, deadline. However, the NHL ruled on Aug. 22, 1988, that Chicago had
made a verbal offer, which was sufficient to prevent Graham from unrestricted
free agency. ... Was represented by Boston-based agent Bob Murray during his
playing days. ... Named by coach Mike Keenan as Chicago interim captain, and
later full-time captain, while
Denis Savard was out with an injury in January 1989. Keenan and Savard had
feuded throughout Savard's captaincy. ... Fined $500 by NHL for role in fight
during pre-game skate before Chicago's Dec. 28, 1989, game vs. Minnesota. The
fine was announced on Jan. 6, 1990. ... Missed remainder of 1989-90 regular
season and start of 1990 playoffs with cracked left kneecap, an injury
suffered during Chicago's March 17, 1990, game at Montreal. The injury
required postseason surgery in May 1990. ... Chicago's nominee for 1990-91
Masterton Trophy. ... Scored hat trick for Chicago in Game 4 of 1992 Stanley
Cup Finals vs. Pittsburgh on June 1, 1992. Chicago, however, lost the game and
the series. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with separated shoulder, an
injury suffered during Chicago's Feb. 18, 1994, game at Winnipeg. ... Missed
part of 1995 season with sprained left knee, an injury suffered during
Chicago's Feb. 19, 1995, game vs. Edmonton. ... Ws Chicago captain for seven
seasons, the second-longest stint of any player behind Pierre Pilote.
Hockey's First Black Captain:
technically the first player of African (i.e. black) descent to be named
captain of an NHL team, although his racial makeup was predominantly caucasian.
Graham's claim to this honor was neglected in October 2003 media coverage of
Calgary's Jarome Iginla becoming the NHL's "first black captain." Although the
issue hardly seems relevant in a modern, multi-racial society, it is worth
noting that Iginla had one black parent, while Graham had one mixed-race
parent. Therefore any potential definition of the "first black captain" would
depend on the ancestral criteria used.
|Post-Draft Teams: Dallas (CHL); Fort Wayne,
Toledo (IHL); Salt Lake (CHL); Springfield (AHL)|
Canada Cup: 1991
World Championships: 1987 (fourth place)
AWARDS AND HONORS
IHL Turner Cup: 1982, 1983 (Toledo)
CHL All-Star First Team: 1983-84
IHL All-Star First Team: 1982-83 (Toledo)
All-Star Second Team: 1980-81 (Fort Wayne-Toledo)
Playoffs Points Leader: 1982 (Tol.) (21), 1983 (Tol.) (20, tie)
1981-82, 1982-83: Played on IHL
regular-season champion (Toledo).
Coaching Career: Named Springfield (AHL) head coach
on July 19, 2004, and remained in that position into 2004-05 season.
Personal: Full name is Dirk Milton
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|FREE AGENCY: Graham played out his contract
with Vancouver after the 1980-81 season and remained in the IHL, opting not to
re-sign with the Canucks. After two years, he became an unrestricted free
agent and signed with Minnesota on August 17, 1983.||
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