Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Michel Dion
Netminder Michel Dion spent six years in the NHL during the 70s and 80s. He was also well known as a top player in the WHA in a fairly successful pro career.

Born in Granby, Quebec, Dion played junior with the Montreal Canadiens. After playing his first two pro seasons with the NAHL's Mohawk Valley Comets, he joined the WHA's Indianapolis Racers in the second half of the 1975-76 season. His play in the last 31 games of the season earned Dion the Ben Haskin Trophy as the league's top netminders.

After playing two years with the Cincinnati Stingers, Dion was claimed by the Quebec Nordiques in the Dispersal Draft following the WHA/NHL merger in 1979. Dion excelled in 50 games for the Nords and kept them in many games late in the season when they were decimated by injuries.

Dion was traded to the Winnipeg Jets for cash in 1980-81 after Quebec picked up Daniel Bouchard. In June, 1981, he signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins and enjoyed his best NHL season. Dion recorded 25 wins for the Pens in 1981-82 and was chosen to play in the NHL all-star game. He also starred in the opening round of the playoffs when Pittsburgh nearly upset the defending Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders. Dion was solid over the next two years but only played ten games in 1984-85. He spent most of the year in the AHL before retiring at the end of the season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1969-70 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 8 0 5.44
1970-71
1971-72
1972-73 Granby Vics QJHL
1972-73 Montreal Red-White-Blue QMJHL 10 3 4 1 0 4.86
1973-74 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 33 18 10 0 0 4.38 2 0 2 0 0 6.50
1974-75 Indianapolis Racers WHA 1 0 1 0 0 4.07
1974-75 Mohawk Valley Comets NAPro 28 10 12 2 0 3.90 3 0 3.00
1975-76 Mohawk Valley Comets NAPro 22 0 3.84
1975-76 Indianapolis Racers WHA 31 14 15 1 0 2.74 3 0 2 0 0 2.38
1976-77 Indianapolis Racers WHA 42 17 19 3 1 3.36 4 2 2 0 0 4.16
1977-78 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 45 21 17 1 4 3.57
1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 30 10 14 2 0 3.32
1979-80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 50 15 25 6 2 3.70
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 12 0 8 3 0 5.32
1980-81 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 6 2 3 0 0 3.13
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 14 3 6 3 0 4.83
1981-82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 25 24 12 0 3.79 5 2 3 0 4.34
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 49 12 30 4 0 4.26
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 2 19 4 0 5.33
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 10 3 6 0 0 4.67
1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 21 10 6 2 0 3.49 5 2 2 0 0 2.36
NHL Totals 227 60 118 32 2 4.24 5 2 3 0 4.34


Ben Hatskin Trophy (Best Goaltender - WHA) (1976) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1982) Played professional baseball w/ Montreal Expos organization in 1971 and 1972. Selected by Indianapolis (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Cincinnati (WHA), October 12, 1977. Claimed by Quebec from Cincinnati (WHA) in WHA Dispersal Draft, June 9, 1979. Traded to Winnipeg by Quebec for cash, February 10, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, June 30, 1981.
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