Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Denis Gauthier
A native on Montreal, Quebec Denis Gauthier played four years of junior hockey with the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs. The 20th overall selection of the Calgary Flames in 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Gauthier scored 25 goals and finished with 74 points in final year of junior and was a key contributor in Canada's gold medal win at the 1996 World Junior Championships.

In 1996-97 Gauthier played solidly in his first pro season with the Flames AHL affiliate in St. John. He continued to anchor the Flames blueline the following year and was recalled to the parent club for ten games and played 55 games in 1998-99.

A fearless bodychecker, Gauthier became a fixture on the Calgary blueline in 1999-00, averaging nearly 20 minutes per game, however, his season was limited to 39 games due to injuries.

Gauthier returned stronger the following year and was a solid player in 62 games for the club in 2000-01 and went on to be a fearless blueliner for the Flames for the next three seasons before being acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes in the summer of 2004.

However, Gauthier's stay with the club would be short lived as he would be dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2006 NHL trading deadline. Gauthier finished his 2006-07 season off with the Flyers, appearing in 43 games, and collecting four points. Gauthier's 2007-08 season would be spent with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL where he notched 18 points in 78 games.

In the summer of 2008, Gauthier was traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Richelieu AA QAHA
1992-93 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 61 1 7 8 136 10 0 5 5 40
1993-94 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 60 0 7 7 176 9 2 0 2 41
1994-95 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 64 9 31 40 190 4 0 5 5 12
1995-96 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 53 25 49 74 140 6 4 4 8 32
1995-96 Canada WJC-A 6 1 1 2 6
1995-96 Saint John Flames AHL 5 2 0 2 8 16 1 6 7 20
1996-97 Saint John Flames AHL 73 3 28 31 74 5 0 0 0 6
1997-98 Calgary Flames NHL 10 0 0 0 16 -5
1997-98 Saint John Flames AHL 68 4 20 24 154 -5 21 0 4 4 83
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 55 3 4 7 68 +3
1998-99 Saint John Flames AHL 16 0 3 3 31 -3
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 39 1 1 2 50 -4
2000-01 Calgary Flames NHL 62 2 6 8 78 +3
2001-02 Calgary Flames NHL 66 5 8 13 91 +9
2002-03 Calgary Flames NHL 72 1 11 12 99 +5
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 80 1 15 16 113 +4 6 0 1 1 4
2004-05
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 45 2 9 11 61 -4
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 17 0 0 0 37 +6 6 0 1 1 19
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 43 0 4 4 45 -11
2007-08 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 78 3 15 18 80 +16 11 0 1 1 17
2008-09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 2 2 4 90 -11
NHL Totals 554 17 60 77 748 12 0 2 2 23


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1996)
Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1996)
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to hip injury vs. St. Louis, February 1, 2000. Traded to Phoenix by Calgary with Oleg Saprykin for Daymond Langkow, August 26, 2004. Traded to Philadelphia by Phoenix for Josh Gratton, Florida's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Detroit - Detroit selected Cory Emerton) in 2006 NHL Draft and Tampa Bay's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Detroit - Detroit selected Shawn Matthias) in 2006 NHL Draft, March 9, 2006. Traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 2nd round pick (later traded to Minnesota - Minnesota selected Jason Zucker) in 2010 NHL Draft for Patrik Hersley and Ned Lukacevic, July 1, 2008.
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