Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dennis Owchar
Growing up in Ontario, like so many of his young friends, Dennis Owchar loved the Toronto Maple Leafs. His favourite player was Dave Keon, one of the least penalized players in the NHL. Owchar may have respected Keon's gentlemanly style, but he never embraced it as his own . As he entered the junior ranks with the St. Catharines Blackhawks and then the Toronto Marlboros, Owchar established himself as a physical defenseman who specialized in bodychecking and playing the man. His favourite tactic was to catch opposing forwards coming across the middle with their heads down. By the time he was done, the rest of his opponent's body would be down as well.

Owchar was selected 55th overall in the 1973 Amateur Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He went on the play parts of four seasons with the Pens while making the occasional excursion to the minors with Hershey. During his time in Pittsburgh, he provided a solid blueline presence that helped keep his team above .500. As the club's strength in the standings slipped, however, he was dispatched to the lowly Colorado Rockies in 1977-78 where keeping the puck out of his own net was like halting a flood with his bare hands.

In 1979, the Rockies mercifully traded Owchar to the Los Angeles Kings' organization where he played with the New Haven Nighthawks for two seasons before injuries forced an end to his career


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Fort William Hurricanes TBJHL
1969-70 Fort William Hurricanes M-Cup 12 0 3 3 6
1970-71 Fort William Hurricanes TBJHL
1971-72 Fort William Hurricanes TBJHL
1972-73 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 19 3 13 16 13
1972-73 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 20 7 8 15 27
1972-73 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 3 0 0 0 5
1973-74 Hershey Bears AHL 74 16 17 33 51 14 1 5 6 14
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 6 11 17 67 +12 6 0 1 1 4
1974-75 Hershey Bears AHL 24 3 14 17 31 4 0 1 1 0
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 54 5 12 17 19 +13 2 0 0 0 2
1975-76 Hershey Bears AHL 7 5 1 6 13
1976-77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 5 18 23 37 -7
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 2 8 10 23 -12
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 60 8 23 31 25 -49 2 1 0 1 2
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 50 3 13 16 27 -33
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 10 1 0 1 2 -3
1979-80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 40 6 27 33 26
1980-81 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 57 2 16 18 67 4 0 0 0 5
1981-1986 Thunder Bay Twins CASH
1986-87 Thunder Bay Twins CASH 6 1 5 6 6
NHL Totals 288 30 85 115 200 10 1 1 2 8


Traded to Colorado by Pittsburgh for Tom Edur, December 2, 1977. Traded to New Haven (AHL) by Colorado with Larry Skinner for Bobby Sheehan, May 12, 1979.
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