Monday, November 3, 2008

Canucks History: Dennis Ververgaert

He had the misfortune of spending most of his career with teams that never contended for the playoffs, including the early Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals. As a result, he appeared in only 8 career playoff games. But Dennis Ververgaert made his mark on the Vancouver franchise with six strong seasons in a Canucks uniform.

He peaked in 1975-76 with a season that was one of the greatest scoring performances in early Canucks history. In an era where it was virtually unheard of for a Vancouver Canuck to break the 70-point barrier, he scored 37 goals and added 34 assists. He also had three more Canuck seasons with 50+ points, before moving on to the Flyers and the Capitals.

He finished his NHL career with 176 goals and 392 points in 583 games, and once held the record for fastest two goals in an NHL All Star Game, scoring twice in 10 seconds in 1976.

The Canucks drafted Ververgaert 3rd overall in 1973 after a stellar career in junior hockey, which featured two back-to-back 100-point seasons. In 1971-72 he scored 44 goals and 117 points in 62 games with the OHA's London Knights. In his final junior year he raised the bar with 58 goals and a staggering 147 points in 63 games.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very Underrated Player