Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Denis DeJordy
Denis DeJordy knew the road to the NHL was in sight by the time he reached the ranks of Junior B with the Dixie Beehives in 1956-57 at the age of 18. The following year he was playing major junior A in the Ontario Hockey Association for the St. Catharines Teepees.

During his two seasons in St. Catharines, DeJordy helped the Teepees to the top of the Ontario League. The leader of the team offensively was Stan Mikita. DeJordy missed playing with Bobby Hull, who graduated from the team after the 1956-57 season to join the Chicago Blackhawks. They would, however, play together for seven years with Chicago.

After spending three years in the minors with the Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds and the Buffalo Bisons, DeJordy got the call to play in the NHL in the 1962-63 season. He started five games that year, with a 2-1-2 record and a 2.48 goals against average. He appeared in six games the following year, but it was in the fall of 1964 that DeJordy got to play in 30 games for Chicago. He went 16-11-3 with a 2.52 average.

Over the next three years, DeJordy was clearly the Blackhawks' number one goaltender, playing in 44, 50, and 53 games respectively. In 1966-67, DeJordy shared the Vezina Trophy with Glenn Hall with the best goals against average. He won 67 games over those three seasons, but DeJordy found himself serving as the backup for the 1969-70 season with the arrival of 26-year-old Tony Esposito from the Montreal Canadiens. Esposito started 63 games that season, leaving a scant ten games for DeJordy before he was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings, where he appeared in 21 games.

In 1970-71 as a member of the Kings, DeJordy played in 60 games, the most of any of his eleven NHL seasons. His record was just 18-29-11 with a 3.80 goals against average on what was a dismal L.A. team.

In the fall of 1971, DeJordy was sent to the Canadiens with the arrival of Rogatien Vachon arriving from Montreal. It was evident Vachon's days were numbered in Montreal with the arrival of Ken Dryden, who almost singlehandedly led the Habs to the Stanley Cup as a rookie that previous spring. DeJordy served as Dryden's backup for seven games.

In 1972-73, DeJordy became a member of the Detroit Red Wings where he started in 24 games, going 8-11-3 with a 3.74 goals against average. In 1973-74, DeJordy played one period for the Wings, allowing four goals, leaving him with a 12.00 goals against average for the year. He finished his pro hockey career that same year with the Baltimore Clippers of the AHL, playing in 42 games going 21-13-6 with a 3.23 goals against average.

In December 1974, DeJordy and the Red Wings set a precedent in the NHL when he was named the league's first-ever goaltending coach. His job was to instruct the Wings' goalies Jim Rutherford and Doug Grant.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1956-57 Dixie Beehives ON-Jr.B
1957-58 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 52 32 14 6 1 3.35 8 3 4 1 0 4.50
1957-58 Buffalo Bisons AHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.00
1958-59 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 53 40 10 3 1 3.19 7 2 4 1 0 2.57
1958-59 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 5 1 4 0 0 4.60
1959-60 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 69 27 31 11 1 3.74
1960-61 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 33 16 14 3 2 3.48
1960-61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 40 20 18 2 3 3.18 4 0 4 0 0 4.09
1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL
1961-62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 69 36 30 3 8 3.02 11 6 5 0 2 1.70
1962-63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 5 2 1 2 0 2.48
1962-63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 67 37 23 7 6 2.79 13 8 5 0 1 2.09
1963-64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 6 2 3 1 0 3.35 1 0 0 0 6.00
1963-64 St. Louis Braves CPHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.00
1964-65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 30 16 11 3 3 2.52 2 0 1 0 6.75
1964-65 Buffalo Bisons AHL 7 3 4 0 1 2.67
1965-66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 70 30 31 9 6 3.10 5 1 4 0 0 3.60
1966-67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 44 22 12 7 4 2.46 4 1 2 0 3.26
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 50 23 15 11 4 2.71 11 5 6 0 3.08
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 53 22 22 7 2 3.14
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 15 8 4 3 1 2.74
1969-70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 10 3 5 1 0 2.69
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 21 5 11 4 0 3.24
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 18 29 11 1 3.80
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 0 5 0 0 4.74
1971-72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 3 2 1 0 4.52
1972-73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 8 11 3 1 3.74
1972-73 Fort Worth Wings CHL 10 0 4.39
1973-74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 0 0 12.00
1973-74 Baltimore Clippers AHL 42 21 13 6 1 3.23 4 1 3 0 0 5.23
NHL Totals 316 124 128 51 15 3.13 18 6 9 0 3.48


OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1959)
AHL First All-Star Team (1963)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (AHL - fewest goals against) (1963)
Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (1963)
CPHL First All-Star Team (1966)
Vezina Trophy (1967) (shared with Glenn Hall)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1974)
Traded to Los Angeles by Chicago with Gilles Marotte and Jim Stanfield for Bill White, Bryan Campbell and Gerry Desjardins, February 20, 1970. Traded to Montreal by Los Angeles with Dale Hoganson, Noel Price and Doug Robinson for Rogie Vachon, November 4, 1971. Traded to NY Islanders by Montreal with Glenn Resch, Alex Campbell and future considerations (Germain Gagnon, June 26, 1972) for cash and NY Islanders' 2nd round pick (Glenn Goldup) in 1973 Amateur Draft, June 6, 1972. Traded to Detroit by NY Islanders with Don McLaughlin for Arnie Brown and Gerry Gray, October 4, 1972.
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