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Denis DeJordy
Denis DeJordy
Goaltender
Number: 27
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 185
Catches: Left
Born: Nov 12, 1938
Birthplace: St-hyacinthe, QC, Canada
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Acquired: Traded to Detroit by NY Islanders with Don McLaughlin for Arnie Brown and Gerry Gray on October 4, 1972.
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' No. 1 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 10 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 Rogie 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.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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