The Chicago Blackhawks have had their fair share of great goalies with some of their numbers hanging from the rafters of the United Center. DeJordy isn’t one of the first names you think of when you talk about the great goalies, but he had a very good career with the Blackhawks.
The goalie heritage with the Chicago Blackhawks from the early days until the present day is very very strong. The Chicago Blackhawks have Hall of Famers and retired numbered goalie which makes it something special to be the net minder for the Blackhawks.
It’s funny that looking back at things my favorite goalie was Murray Bannerman who really didn’t even have that great of a career, but match his name with a Pat Foley call and you have something special.
But I digress! Denis DeJordy is who we are talking about today, and he got his name on the Stanley Cup for being the backup goalie during the 1961 Stanley Cup run by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The ironic part is that DeJordy never even had played a game in the NHL, and yet his name was engraved on the Stanley Cup. Now that’s a pretty good start to a players career.
His NHL career really started when iron man Glen Hall got injured, and DeJordy had to step in for him ending the long consecutive streak.
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DeJordy would never lead the Hawks to a Stanley Cup on his own, but he did win a Vezina trophy in 1967 for being the top goalie in the NHL. He shared the award with the guy he replaced in Hall.
The biggest issue for DeJordy in Chicago was being sandwiched by two Hall of Famers. He replaced Hall, but in the end he was replaced by Tony Esposito.
DeJordy would stick around the NHL for a while with the expansion teams like the LA Kings giving him a job. He played for the Montreal Canadiens who had their own Hall of Famer in Ken Dryden before finishing his career with the Detroit Red Wings.
DeJordy would become the first goalie coach in the NHL which is a pretty cool thing to have on your resume. He was 90-69-32 in Chicago and was a Stanley Cup Champion, and he’s 83 on our list this year!
What do you think? Too High or Shouldn’t have made the list?
Only 83 more days until opening night at the United Center!