Saturday, March 27, 2010

Norm Dennis

When the St. Louis Blues came to the NHL in the late 1960s, they looked to build a veteran team for instant success. It worked as they made it to the Stanley Cup finals the first three years of their existence.

Aurora, Ontario's Norm Dennis never figured prominently in any St. Louis success. He was acquired in 1968 after establishing a reputation as a solid minor league pro who was buried in the Montreal farm system for years.

Dennis was destined to be buried in the St. Louis farm system, too, as it turned out. He was called up for brief trials in four consecutive years, the best of which came in 1970. He scored three goals in five contests, the only three goals in his twelve game NHL career.

Dennis also participated in five Stanley Cup playoffs games, going pointless.

Dennis bounced around the minor leagues until 1975 when he moved to Trail, British Columbia. He continued to play hockey at a high level of senior competition with the legendary Trail Smoke Eaters. For a time he coached the Smokies, too.

1 comments:

Mike Wyman,  May 11, 2010 at 6:03 PM  

Pretty sure he was on the Jacques Plante/Junior Habs team that played the Russians in the mid-60s.

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