By John McGourty
Congratulations to former NHL player John Marks, who recently earned his 700th coaching victory. He joins a rare group of professional hockey coaches that includes Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, John Brophy, Pat Kelly, Tommy McVie, Mike Keenan and John Muckler.
Marks, who played 10 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1972-82, has been the coach of the Greenville Grrrowl in the ECHL for the past seven seasons. Prior to that, he coached the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers for five seasons. He’s won championships with both teams.
Marks also coached the IHL’s Kalamazoo Wings and Indianapolis Ice after serving five years as an assistant coach for his alma mater, the University of North Dakota.
Marks has clearly enjoyed great success in hockey, but it’s also been a bit frustrating. The goal of every hockey player is to win championships and the Stanley Cup eluded Marks and the Blackhawks. He also was on the losing end of the 1968 NCAA championship game when the University of Denver downed the Fighting Sioux.
But his NHL career was bracketed by minor-league championships. He won the CHL’s Adams Cup with the 1972 Dallas Black Hawks of the Central Hockey League, a team that was coached by former Detroit Red Wings coach Bobby Kromm and included J. P. Bordeleau, Dan Maloney, Bart Crashley, J.P. LeBlanc, Bob Sicinski (WHA) and goalie Michel Dumas.