Denis DeJordy

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Denis DeJordy
1962 Topps Denis DeJordy.jpg
Born (1938-11-15) November 15, 1938 (age 79)
Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Los Angeles Kings
Montreal Canadiens
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1959–1974

Joseph Denis Emile DeJordy (born November 15, 1938), is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played goal for four National Hockey League teams, most notably the Chicago Black Hawks. In 1966–67, he and Glenn Hall won the Vezina Trophy for the best goals-against average in the NHL.

Playing career

DeJordy played junior hockey with the Junior B Dixie Beehives in 1956–57 and the Major Junior A St. Catharines Teepees of the Ontario Hockey Association. In two seasons in St. Catharines he helped the Teepees to the top of the Ontario League. Stan Mikita was the team's offensive leader at the time; he and DeJordy were later teammates with the Chicago Black Hawks for several seasons.

DeJordy's began his professional career with the Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds of the EPHL and the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. He was first called up by the Black Hawks during the 1960-61 playoffs, but did not play. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup and he appeared in the Hawks' Stanley Cup team picture, even though he had yet to play a single NHL game. He played his first NHL game on on November 8, 1962, when he replaced Glenn Hall, who had left the game with a back injury. (That injury brought an end to Hall's streak of 502 consecutive complete games, a league record.) DeJordy played five games that season for Chicago. In 1966–67, DeJordy and Hall won the Vezina Trophy for the best goals-against average in the league.

When the Black Hawks acquired Tony Esposito from the Montreal Canadiens, DeJordy was relegated to backup for the 1969–70 season. He then played for the Los Angeles Kings for three seasons. In the fall of 1971, he was traded to Montreal, where he became the backup to Ken Dryden, who had played a large part in leading the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup the previous spring. DeJordy played seven games that season. He was then dealt to the Detroit Red Wings and played parts of two seasons there, with stints in the minor leagues. He then became a goaltending coach for the Wings, the first in the NHL.

During his career, DeJordy owned a sporting goods store in his home town of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec.

Awards

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1956–57 Dixie Beehives CJHL
1957–58 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 52 32 14 6 3120 174 1 3.35
1957–58 Buffalo Bisons AHL 1 0 1 0 60 5 0 5.00
1958–59 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 53 40 10 3 3180 169 1 3.19
1959–60 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 69 27 31 11 4140 258 1 3.74
1960–61 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 33 16 14 3 1980 115 2 3.48
1960–61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 40 20 18 2 2400 127 3 3.18
1961–62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 69 36 30 3 4170 210 8 3.02
1962–63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 5 2 1 2 290 12 0 2.48 .925
1962–63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 67 32 23 7 4020 187 6 2.79
1963–64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 6 2 3 1 340 19 0 3.35 .907
1963–64 St. Louis Braves CPHL 1 0 1 0 60 5 0 5.00
1964–65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 30 16 11 3 1760 74 3 2.52 .915
1964–65 Buffalo Bisons AHL 7 3 4 0 450 20 1 2.67
1965–66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 70 30 31 5 4200 217 6 3.10
1966–67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 44 22 12 7 2536 104 4 2.46 .923
1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 50 23 15 11 2838 128 4 2.71 .911
1968–69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 53 22 22 7 2981 156 2 3.14 .908
1968–69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 15 8 4 3 899 41 1 2.74
1969–70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 10 3 5 1 557 25 0 2.69 .915
1969–70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 21 5 11 4 1147 62 0 3.24 .901
1970–71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 18 29 11 3375 214 1 3.80 .887
1971–72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 0 5 0 291 23 0 4.74 .844
1971–72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 3 2 1 332 25 0 4.52 .860
1972–73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 8 11 3 1331 83 1 3.74 .862
1972–73 Fort Worth Wings CHL 10 560 41 0 4.39
1973–74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 0 20 4 0 12.00 .500
1973–74 Baltimore Clippers AHL 42 21 13 6 2428 131 1 3.23
AHL totals 226 117 89 18 13,528 680 19 3.02
NHL totals 316 124 128 51 17,798 929 15 3.13 .902

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1957–58 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 8 3 4 1 480 36 0 4.50
1958–59 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 7 2 4 1 420 18 0 2.57
1958–59 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 5 1 4 300 23 0 4.60
1960–61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 4 0 4 264 18 0 4.09
1961–62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 11 6 5 706 20 2 1.70
1962–63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 13 8 5 802 28 1 2.09
1963–64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .714
1964–65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 0 1 80 9 0 6.75 .813
1965–66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 5 1 4 300 18 0 3.60
1966–67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 4 1 2 184 10 0 3.26 .902
1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 11 5 6 662 34 0 3.08 .911
1973–74 Baltimore Clippers AHL 4 1 3 252 22 0 5.23
AHL totals 32 15 17 2024 88 3 2.61
NHL totals 18 6 9 946 55 0 3.49 .898

External links

  • Biographical information and career statistics from Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
Preceded by
Gump Worsley
and Charlie Hodge
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Glenn Hall

1967
Succeeded by
Rogatien Vachon
and Gump Worsley
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