Friday, February 21, 2014

74-75 OPC WHA Set Card by Card #3 - Wayne Dillion

Card number three in the set is a Wayne Dillon rookie. Wayne is a classic case of a player who was awesome in junior and used the WHA to launch himself into the NHL. Wayne was drafted by the Rangers after two seasons in the WHA. The Rangers made him their first pick (12th overall) after 95 points season in his second year. Wayne struggled with injuries and couldn't match his WHA success in the NHL and by 1982 was completely out of hockey.

The comic on the back seems so silly, but not everyone back in the day may have known the puck is made of rubber. Check out that rookie season in the WHA. His point total was good enough for third that year behind Wayne Carleton and Gavin Kirk. The next season, he lead the team in scoring (beating Frank Mahovlich) before leaving for the NHL. Wayne would make one more WHA appearance in 1977-78 with the Birmingham Bulls but by then he wasn't the same player he was at the start of his career.

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