Denis DeJordy

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Denis DeJordy
1962 Topps Denis DeJordy.jpg
Born (1938-11-15) November 15, 1938 (age 75)
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 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec), is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played goal for four NHL teams, most notably the Chicago Black Hawks.

Playing career[edit]

DeJordy was a goaltender with the Chicago Black Hawks, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings over 12 seasons in the National Hockey League. He shared the Vezina Trophy with Glenn Hall in 1967. During the 1966–1967 season he played 44 games, posting a 2.46 Goals Against Average.

DeJordy had an impressive Junior career with the Junior B Dixie Beehives in 1956–57 and the Major Junior A St. Catharines Teepees of the Ontario Hockey Association. He played two seasons in St. Catharines and helped the Teepees to the top of the Ontario League. Stan Mikita was the team's offensive leader at the time, but one of its most famous graduates was Bobby Hull, who had left the team just before DeJordy's time. The three of them played together for seven seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks.

DeJordy's first taste of professional hockey was with the Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds of the EPHL and the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. He was first called up during 1961, but did not play. Chicago still included his name on the Stanley Cup, even though he had yet to play a single NHL game. DeJordy was called up to the Black Hawks in the 1962–63 season. His first NHL game played came on November 8, 1962 when he replaced Glenn Hall who had left the game with a back injury. This ended Glenn Hall's NHL Record of 502 consecutive complete games. DeJordy would start the next game, and play 5 games that season for Chicago. In 1966–67, DeJordy shared the Vezina Trophy with Glenn Hall with the best goals against average.

DeJordy found himself the odd man out in a couple of his next playing situations involving two members of Team Canada of 1972 and future Hall of Famers. When Tony Esposito was traded from Montreal to Chicago, DeJordy found himself serving as the backup for the 1969–70 season.

DeJordy then went to play for the Los Angeles Kings playing all or part of three seasons. He was dealt to Montreal by the Kings in the fall of 1971, where he wound up as the back up to Ken Dryden, who almost singlehandedly led the Canadians to the Stanley Cup as a rookie that previous spring. DeJordy played seven games that season.

He was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings after that and after a season with Detroit, DeJordy became the NHL's first goaltending coach, instructing Wings' goalies Jim Rutherford and Doug Grant.

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

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
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
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
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
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
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 50 23 15 11 2838 128 4 2.71
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 53 22 22 7 2981 156 2 3.14
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
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 21 5 11 4 1147 62 0 3.24
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 18 29 11 3375 214 1 3.80
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 0 5 0 291 23 0 4.74
1971-72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 3 2 1 332 25 0 4.52
1972-73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 8 11 3 1331 83 1 3.74
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
1973-74 Baltimore Clippers AHL 42 21 13 6 2428 131 1 3.23
NHL totals 316 124 128 51 17,798 929 15 3.13
AHL totals 226 117 89 18 13,528 680 19 3.02

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
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 0 300 23 0 4.60
1960-61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 4 0 4 0 264 18 0 4.09
1961-62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 11 6 5 0 706 20 2 1.70
1962-63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 13 8 5 0 802 28 1 2.09
1963-64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 0 20 2 0 6.00
1964-65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 0 1 80 9 0 6.75
1965-66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 5 1 4 0 300 18 0 3.60
1966-67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 4 1 2 184 10 0 3.26
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 11 5 6 662 34 0 3.08
1973-74 Baltimore Clippers AHL 4 1 3 0 252 22 0 5.23
NHL totals 18 6 9 946 55 0 3.49
AHL totals 32 15 17 0 2024 88 3 2.61

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Preceded by
Gump Worsley
and Charlie Hodge
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Glenn Hall

1967
Succeeded by
Rogatien Vachon
and Gump Worsley