Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marc Denis
Marc Denis was a standout goaltender with the local Montreal-Bourassa and Trois-Rivieres entries in the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League. He then starred for three years with the QMJHL's Chicoutimi Sagueneens and helped the squad reach the Memorial Cup tournament in 1997. The talented youngster was taken 25th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Denis backed up Montreal Canadiens netminder Jose Theodore when Canada won gold at the 1996 World Junior Championship then was named the top goaltender at the 1997 tournament after leading his country to gold the following year. Denis was named the top goaltender in the QMJHL and CHL and was a First Team QMJHL and CHL All-Star in 1997.

The young backstopper spent most of his first two pro seasons with Colorado's AHL affiliate in Hershey. In 99-2000 he recorded three shutouts and a 2.54 GAA as Patrick Roy's understudy in Colorado. In the off-season he was traded to the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets and posted a respectable 3.25 goals against mark on the over-matched first year club.

Since his arrival with the Blue Jackets, Denis has been a work horse for the Blue Jackets establishing an NHL record for minutes played in 2002-03 with 4,510 minutes and a career high 27 wins.

After five seasons with the Blue Jackets Denis was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Fredrik Modin and goaltender Fredrik Norrena.

Aside from his two appearances at the World Junior Championships, Denis was a member of Canada's gold medal winning team at the 2004 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1992-93 Montreal-Bourassa QAAA 26 5 2.87
1993-94 Trois-Rivieres Estacades QAAA 36 10 22 3 0 4.53 4 1 3 0 0 4.83
1994-95 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 32 17 9 1 0 3.48 6 4 2 0 1 3.04
1995-96 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 51 23 22 4 2 3.19 16 8 8 0 0 4.32
1995-96 Canada WJC-A 2 2 0 0 0 1.00
1996-97 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 41 22 15 2 4 2.69 21 11 10 0 1 3.43
1996-97 Canada WJC-A 7 5 0 2 1 1.86
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.00
1996-97 Hershey Bears AHL 4 1 0 0 0 1.08
1996-97 Chicoutimi Sagueneens M-Cup 3 0 3 0 0 5.02
1997-98 Hershey Bears AHL 47 17 23 4 1 2.90 6 3 3 0 0 2.59
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 1 1 1 0 2.49
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 52 20 23 5 4 2.83 3 1 1 0 0 2.93
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 23 9 8 3 3 2.54
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 32 6 20 4 0 3.25
2001-02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 42 9 24 5 1 3.11
2002-03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 77 27 41 8 5 3.09
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 66 21 36 7 5 2.56
2003-04 Canada WC-A
2004-05
2005-06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 49 21 25 1 1 3.25
2005-06 Canada WC-A 5 4 1 0 1 2.51
2006-07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 44 17 18 2 1 3.19
2007-08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 10 1 5 0 0 4.05
2007-08 Norfolk Admirals AHL 32 11 17 2 1 2.91
2008-09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0 3.00
2008-09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 46 27 18 0 5 2.46 6 2 4 0 3.34
NHL Totals 349 112 179 31 16 3.01


Named Best Goaltender at WJC-A (1997)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1997)
Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1997)
Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year (1997)
Traded to Columbus by Colorado for Columbus' 2nd round pick (later traded to Carolina - Carolina selected Tomas Kurka) in 2000 NHL Draft, June 7, 2000. Traded to Tampa Bay by Columbus for Fredrik Modin and Fredrik Norrena, June 30, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 3, 2008.
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