Marc Denis

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Marc Denis
Born (1977-08-01) August 1, 1977 (age 42)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
Tampa Bay Lightning
Montreal Canadiens
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 25th overall, 1995
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 19972009

Joseph Marc Denis (born August 1, 1977) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender, who last played with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). For the 2009–10 season, he was hired as the goaltenders' coach of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) team. [1] He is currently working as a colour analyst for the Francophone Canadian sports station, RDS.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Goaltender Person who blocks the goal in ice hockey

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Playing career

As a youth, Denis played in the 1990 and 1991 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from Montreal. [2]

Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is an annual minor ice hockey event in Quebec City. The event was founded in 1960 to coincide with the Quebec Winter Carnival, and give an opportunity to players under 12 years of age to have international competition. The tournament raises funds for the local Patro Roc-Amadour foundation, and is mostly run by volunteers and a few staff. The event takes place each year in February at the Videotron Centre, and previously spent 56 seasons at the Quebec Coliseum. As of 2018, the event has showcased the talent of over 1,200 future professionals in the National Hockey League or the World Hockey Association.

Minor hockey is an umbrella term for amateur ice hockey which is played below the junior age level. Players are classified by age, with each age group playing in its own league. The rules, especially as it relates to body contact, vary from class to class. In North America, the rules are governed by the national bodies, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, while local hockey associations administer players and leagues for their region. Many provinces and states organize regional and provincial championship tournaments, and the highest age groups in Canada and USA also participate in national championships.

Denis was drafted 25th overall by the Colorado Avalanche at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Upon turning professional with Colorado, Denis mainly played for Colorado's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears, and played a total of 28 regular season games in three seasons for the Avalanche. On June 7, 2000, Denis was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a second-round pick in the 2000 draft (used to choose Tomas Kurka). During the 2002–03 NHL season, he set the then-NHL record for most minutes in a season with 4,511, playing 77 regular season games that season.

Colorado Avalanche Hockey team of the National Hockey League

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1995 NHL Entry Draft

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American Hockey League ice hockey league in the United States

The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team. When NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and its current president is David Andrews.

On June 30, 2006, Denis was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Fredrik Modin and Fredrik Norrena. In the 2007–08 season, on December 28, due to his sub-par and inconsistent play, the Lightning waived Denis. After he cleared waivers, Denis was sent down to the Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. The Lightning later recalled Denis from Norfolk on March 26, 2008. Denis replaced goalie Jonathan Boutin, who was earlier recalled from the Admirals on an emergency basis because starting goalie Mike Smith had a sprained left ankle. After the season, Denis was bought out from the Lightning on June 25, 2008.

Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning compete as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club has won one Stanley Cup championship in their history, in 2003–04. The team is often referred to as the Bolts, and the nickname was used on the former third jerseys. The Lightning plays home games in Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Fredrik Modin Swedish ice hockey player

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Fredrik Norrena ice hockey player

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Denis, who therefore became a free agent, then signed a contract with his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens, on July 3, 2008. [3] After training camp, Marc Denis was assigned to Montreal's AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Denis was recalled as an injury replacement for the Canadiens throughout the season and appeared in one game with the Canadiens when he relieved Jaroslav Halak for the third period in a 4–1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on January 2, 2009. [4]

Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) ice hockey team in the American Hockey League

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Jaroslav Halák Slovak ice hockey goalkeeper and Olympic athlete

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New Jersey Devils National Hockey League franchise in Newark, New Jersey

The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club was founded as the Kansas City Scouts in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974. The Scouts moved to Denver, Colorado in 1976 and became the Colorado Rockies. In 1982, they moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey and took their current name. For their first 25 seasons in New Jersey, the Devils were based at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford and played their home games at Brendan Byrne Arena. Before the 2007–08 season, the Devils moved to Prudential Center in Newark.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGPWLTOTLMINGA SO GAA SV% GPWLMINGASOGAASV%
1992–93Montréal-BourassaQAAA2615597452.87
1993–94Trois-Rivières EstacadesQAAA3610223209315804.534132492004.83
1994–95 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 32179116889803.48.8916423721913.06.917
1995–96 Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL5123214295115723.19.89116889576904.32.865
1996–97 Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL4122152231710442.69.90521111012297013.42.883
1996–97 Chicoutimi Saguenéens MC 3031791505.02.832
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 101060303.00.885
1996–97 Hershey Bears AHL 41056101.08.960
1997–98 Hershey BearsAHL4717234258812512.90.8996333461502.59.894
1998–99 Hershey BearsAHL5220235290813742.83.914311143702.93.909
1998–99 Colorado AvalancheNHL4111217902.49.918
1999–2000 Colorado AvalancheNHL2398312035132.54.917
2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL32620418309903.25.895
2001–02 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL429245233512113.11.899
2002–03 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL7727418451123253.09.903
2003–04 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL6621367379516252.56.918
2005–06 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL4921251278615113.25.900
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL4417182235312513.19.883
2007–08 Tampa Bay LightningNHL101504142804.05.859
2007–08 Norfolk Admirals AHL321117218328912.91.910
2008–09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL4627180265910952.46.9206243592003.34.890
2008–09 Montréal Canadiens NHL100020103.00.857
NHL totals34911217928319,526982163.02.902

International

Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2004 Prague
World Junior Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1996 Boston
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1997 Geneva
YearTeamEventResultGPWLTMINGASOGAASV%
1996 Canada WJC Gold medal icon.svg2200120201.00
1997 CanadaWJCGold medal icon.svg75024191311.86.933
2004 Canada WC Gold medal icon.svgDNP
2006 CanadaWC4th5412631102.51.911
Junior totals97025391511.67
Senior totals5412631102.51.911

Awards and honours

AwardYear
QMJHL
Marcel Robert Trophy 1996
Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy 1997
CHL First All-Star Team1997
CHL Goaltender of the Year1997
AHL
Calder Cup (Hershey Bears) 1997
International
Best Goaltender 1997 [5]

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References

  1. "Marc Denis". LHJMQ . Retrieved 2009-09-25.[ dead link ]
  2. "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  3. "Canadiens ink Marc Denis". Montreal Canadiens. 2008-07-03. Archived from the original on 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  4. "Devils whip Canadiens behind sharp play from Clemmensen". CBS Sports. 2009-01-02. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  5. Andrew Podnieks. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd. p. 528. ISBN   978-1-55468-621-6.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
None
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
1995
Succeeded by
Peter Ratchuk