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Dennis Vial
Dennis Vial
Left Wing
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 10, 1969
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Drafted: NYR / 1988 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (110th overall)
Dennis Vial was drafted 110th overall by the New York Rangers in 1988. The Rangers drafted him from the Hamilton Steelhawks based on his toughness and versatility. He was returned to the OHA for another year of seasoning before the Rangers allowed him to turn professional.

The 1989-90 season was spent in the International Hockey League with the Flint Spirits. He established himself in the "I" with his 351 penalty minutes. The next season saw him reach the National Hockey League for the first time. He played his first game in a Ranger uniform on October 13, 1990 against Washington. By the end of the campaign, he was a Detroit Red Wing.

It was with the Red Wings that Vial scored his first NHL goal. On November 22, 1991, he scored on Darcy Wakaluk of the Minnesota North Stars. The Wings eventually returned him to the minors where he helped Andirondack win the Calder Cup. Vial appeared in nine more games for the parent club in 1992-93.

June 1993 saw the tough man travel throughout the continent--on paper, at least. Detroit traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning on the 8th. Just two weeks later, on the 24th, he was claimed by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in Phase 1 of the Expansion Draft. In Phase 2, the Ducks left him unprotected and the Ottawa Senators claimed him.

The Senators gave Vial his first chance to be an NHL regular. In 1993-94, he was given the Frank Finnigan Award for being the most improved player on the squad. He led the team in penalty minutes, major penalties, and fighting majors.

Unfortunately, with such a player as Vial, injuries are a fact of life. Three of his next four seasons with the Senators were severely shortened by various ailments.

Since playing in Ottawa, Vial has played with the IHL Chicago Wolves, Sheffield Steelers in Britain, and, more recently, with the South Carolina Columbia Inferno.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
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10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89