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Des Roche
Des Roche
Right Wing
Number: 11
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 165
Shoots: Right
Born: Feb 1, 1909
Birthplace: Kemptville, ON, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Buffalo (IHL) for cash on January 1, 1935.
After Des Roche completed a year of senior hockey with the Montreal St. Anthony's, his career moved into synchronicity with his younger brother, Earl. The two joined forces with the Montreal Bell Telephone team in 1928-29. Near the end of the season, they then picked up a few matches with the Montreal Martin club.

The following year, they both jumped to the Monteal Amateur Athletic Association team where, skating on the same line, they helped lead their club to an Allan Cup victory.

From there, the two hockey siblings hooked up with the Montreal Maroons of the NHL. Earl lasted the full campaign while Des was demoted to the Windsor Bulldogs of the IAHL before the season ended. The next year, however, the two brothers were reunited in Windsor.

In 1932-33, the Roches rejoined the Maroons for five contests and then jumped back to Windsor for about 20 games. At that point, their two careers diverged temporarily with Des heading to the Ottawa Senators while Earl went to the Bruins. Three games later, both brothers were back together in Ottawa.

In 1934-35, the Roche boys joined the St. Louis Eagles for a short time until Earl jumped to the Canadiens for five games and then the they were reunited to conclude their NHL careers with the Detroit Red Wings. Both were then dispatched to Detroit-Buffalo of the IAHL to close out the season.

The brothers enjoyed each other's company for one final season with Pittsburgh-Cleveland and then parted ways for good. Des Roche moved on to make stops in St. Louis, Tulsa, and, finally, Spokane where he retired in 1939.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame


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