Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dennis Vial
Dennis Vial was drafted 110th overall by the New York Rangers in 1988. The Rangers drafted him from the Hamilton Steelhawks based on his toughness and versatility. He was returned to the OHA for another year of seasoning before the Rangers allowed him to turn professional.

The 1989-90 season was spent in the International Hockey League with the Flint Spirits. He established himself in the "I" with his 351 penalty minutes. The next season saw him reach the National Hockey League for the first time. He played his first game in a Ranger uniform on October 13, 1990 against Washington. By the end of the campaign, he was a Detroit Red Wing.

It was with the Red Wings that Vial scored his first NHL goal. On November 22, 1991, he scored on Darcy Wakaluk of the Minnesota North Stars. The Wings eventually returned him to the minors where he helped Andirondack win the Calder Cup. Vial appeared in nine more games for the parent club in 1992-93.

June 1993 saw the tough man travel throughout the continent--on paper, at least. Detroit traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning on the 8th. Just two weeks later, on the 24th, he was claimed by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in Phase 1 of the Expansion Draft. In Phase 2, the Ducks left him unprotected and the Ottawa Senators claimed him.

The Senators gave Vial his first chance to be an NHL regular. In 1993-94, he was given the Frank Finnigan Award for being the most improved player on the squad. He led the team in penalty minutes, major penalties, and fighting majors.

Unfortunately, with such a player as Vial, injuries are a fact of life. Three of his next four seasons with the Senators were severely shortened by various ailments.

Since playing in Ottawa, Vial has played with the IHL Chicago Wolves, Sheffield Steelers in Britain, and, more recently, with the South Carolina Columbia Inferno.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Sault Ste. Marie Legion Minor-ON 31 4 19 23 40
1985-86 Hamilton Kilty B's ON-Jr.B 27 11 7 18 215
1985-86 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 31 1 1 2 66
1986-87 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 53 1 8 9 194 8 0 0 0 8
1987-88 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 52 3 17 20 229 13 2 2 4 49
1988-89 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 50 10 27 37 227 15 1 7 8 44
1989-90 Flint Spirits IHL 79 6 29 35 351 4 0 0 0 10
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 21 0 0 0 61 -4
1990-91 Binghamton Rangers AHL 40 2 7 9 250
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 0 0 0 16 -3
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 27 1 0 1 72 +1
1991-92 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 20 2 4 6 107 17 1 3 4 43
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 0 1 1 20 +1
1992-93 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 30 2 11 13 177 11 1 1 2 14
1993-94 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 2 5 7 214 -9
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 27 0 4 4 65 0
1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 64 1 4 5 276 -13
1996-97 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 0 1 1 25 0
1997-98 Ottawa Senators NHL 19 0 0 0 45 0
1997-98 Chicago Wolves IHL 24 1 3 4 86 +3 1 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Chicago Wolves IHL 55 1 4 5 213 -7
1999-00 Sheffield Steelers Britain 24 2 3 5 78 7 0 1 1 10
2000-01 Sheffield Steelers BH-Cup 11 1 2 3 32
2000-01 Sheffield Steelers Britain 44 3 8 11 175 4 0 1 1 20
2001-02 Columbia Inferno ECHL 68 8 11 19 137 +8 5 0 0 0 4
2002-03 Columbia Inferno ECHL 69 3 15 18 158 +37 17 0 1 1 27
2003-04 Columbia Inferno ECHL 54 5 15 20 101 +15 4 0 0 0 20
2004-05 Missouri River Otters UHL 46 0 4 4 66 -14
2004-05 Richmond RiverDogs UHL 29 1 7 8 19 -8
NHL Totals 242 4 15 19 794


Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers with Kevin Miller and Jim Cummins for Joe Kocur and Per Djoos, March 5, 1991. Traded to Quebec by Detroit with Doug Crossman for cash, June 15, 1992. Traded to Detroit by Quebec for cash, September 9, 1992. Traded to Tampa Bay by Detroit for Steve Maltais, June 8, 1993. Claimed by Anaheim from Tampa Bay in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Claimed by Ottawa from Anaheim in Phase II of Expansion Draft, June 25, 1993.
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