Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Denis Dupere
Denis Dupere keeps a picture of his crowning NHL moment on the wall in his kitchen. The native of Jonquiere, Quebec, in Maple Leaf blue, is seen leaping past sprawling Canadiens' netminder Rogie Vachon in celebration of his first-ever NHL goal.

Dupere made the journeyman's march to the big leagues via the Kitchener Rangers of the OHA and the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League. By 1970, the Leafs acquired the weighty winger for third- and fourth-line duty. Dupere was a defensive specialist who had a knack for winning face-offs and could effectively deceive goaltenders with his strong wrist shot off the wrong foot.

In 1974, Dupere joined the Washington Capitals where he scored twenty goals and fulfilled a dream as the Caps choice for the All-Star game. "I was shaking when I hit the ice," he recalled. "Seeing all those guys?Lafleur, Dryden, Esposito, Orr. You can't beat a thrill like that!"

Dupere's career wound down with stops in St. Louis, Kansas City and finally, in Colorado where he retired in 1978. After the NHL, Dupere played briefly in France.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 Jonquiere Marquis QJHL
1965-66 Jonquiere Marquis QJHL
1965-66 Jonquiere Marquis M-Cup 3 1 1 2 0
1966-67 Jonquiere Marquis QJHL
1966-67 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 4 1 1 2 0
1967-68 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 54 35 24 59 22 19 2 7 9 20
1968-69 Ottawa Nationals OHA-Sr. 5 4 4 8 7
1968-69 Canada Nat-Tm
1969-70 Omaha Knights CHL 72 33 19 52 35 12 5 7 12 11
1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 20 1 2 3 4 -1 6 0 0 0 0
1970-71 Tulsa Oilers CHL 48 20 34 54 40
1971-72 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 7 10 17 4 +5 5 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 13 23 36 10 -4
1973-74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 8 9 17 8 +3 3 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 53 20 15 35 8 -41
1974-75 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 3 6 9 8 +4
1975-76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 43 6 8 14 16 -8
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 57 7 11 18 4 +3
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 4 3 3 6 0
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 54 15 15 30 4 +9 2 1 0 1 0
1977-78 Hampton Gulls AHL 1 2 0 2 0
1977-78 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 12 3 2 5 10
1978-79
1979-80 Nelson Maple Leafs WIHL 10 2 5 7
1980-81 HC Lyon France 18 16 11 27
NHL Totals 421 80 99 179 66 16 1 0 1 0


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1975) Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers to complete transaction that sent Tim Horton to NY Rangers, (March 3, 1970), May 14, 1970. Claimed by Washington from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 12, 1974. Traded to St. Louis by Washington for Garnet Bailey and Stan Gilbertson, February 10, 1975. Traded to Kansas City by St. Louis with Craig Patrick and cash for Lynn Powis and Kansas City's 2nd round choice (Brian Sutter) in 1976 Amateur Draft, June 18, 1975. Transferred to Colorado when Kansas City franchise relocated, July 15, 1976.