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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
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80