Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Denis Herron
Denis Herron played junior hockey for the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs of the QJHL, where he was named to the Second All-Star team in 1972. Drafted by Pittsburgh in 1972, Herron played his first NHL game in a Penguins sweater, making his debut with a team that would sign him three different times in the course of his career.

He split his first season between Pittsburgh and Hershey of the AHL. The 1973-74 schedule was even busier as Herron played for three different teams--the Pens, the Hershey Bears, and the Salt Lake Golden Eagles. Herron spent the first half of the following season with Pittsburgh and Hershey before being traded to the Kansas City Scouts. He played 22 games for the NHL club that spring and returned for a full season in 1975-76. He entered free agency at the end of the season, and was again signed by Pittsburgh in August.

Herron had a full time job with the Pens for the next three years and also made an appearance with Team Canada at the World Championships in 1978. In August 1979 one of Herron's childhood dreams came true: he was traded to Montreal and had the chance to tend goal for the Canadiens. He shared goaltending duties for three years with the Habs, and in 1981 he also shared the Vezina Trophy with fellow netminders Richard Sevigny and Michel Larocque.

In 1982, he shared another honour by winning the William Jennings Trophy with Rick Walmsley. He had finished the season with three shutouts and an average of 2.64, league leading numbers as well as Herron's NHL best. In September 1982, Herron returned to Pittsburgh for the last time. He remained there until 1986 when he finished his 462 game NHL career where he had started it - in a Penguins sweater.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1969-70 Trois-Rivieres Ducs QMJHL 3 0 0 0 0 6.58
1970-71 Trois-Rivieres Ducs QMJHL 36 21 13 1 0 4.10 7 3 4 0 1 3.29
1971-72 Trois-Rivieres Ducs QMJHL 46 18 20 4 2 3.83 5 1 4 0 0 5.00
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 6 7 2 2 3.41
1972-73 Hershey Bears AHL 21 0 3.19 4 0 4.00
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 1 3 0 0 4.15
1973-74 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 9 6 2 1 0 3.62
1973-74 Hershey Bears AHL 17 10 4 1 0 3.22 4 4 0 0 0 1.73
1974-75 Hershey Bears AHL 12 2 7 2 0 4.39
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 1 1 0 0 6.11
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 22 4 13 4 0 3.75
1975-76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 64 11 39 11 0 4.03
1976-77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 15 11 5 1 2.94 3 1 2 0 3.67
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 20 25 15 0 3.57
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 5 3 1 0 0 2.82
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 56 22 19 12 0 3.37 7 2 5 0 3.42
1979-80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 34 25 3 3 0 2.51 5 2 3 0 3.00
1980-81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 6 9 6 1 3.50
1981-82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 27 12 6 8 3 2.64
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 5 18 5 1 5.31
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 8 24 2 1 4.08
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 42 10 22 3 1 4.65
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 3 0 0 4.67
1985-86 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 27 10 11 4 0 3.42
NHL Totals 462 146 203 76 10 3.69 15 5 10 0 3.32


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
Vezina Trophy (1981) (shared with Richard Sevigny and Michel Larocque)
William M. Jennings Trophy (1982) (shared with Rick Wamsley)
Traded to Kansas City by Pittsburgh with Jean-Guy Lagace for Michel Plasse, January 10, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 7, 1976. Traded to Montreal by Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh's 2nd round pick (Jocelyn Gauvreau) in 1982 NHL Draft for Pat Hughes and Rob Holland, August 30, 1979. Traded to Pittsburgh by Montreal for Pittsburgh's 3rd round pick (later traded to St. Louis - St. Louis selected Nelson Emerson) in 1985 NHL Draft, September 15, 1982.
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