Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Des Roche
After Des Roche completed a year of senior hockey with the Montreal St. Anthony's, his career moved into synchronicity with his younger brother, Earl. The two joined forces with the Montreal Bell Telephone team in 1928-29. Near the end of the season, they then picked up a few matches with the Montreal Martin club.

The following year, they both jumped to the Monteal Amateur Athletic Association team where, skating on the same line, they helped lead their club to an Allan Cup victory.

From there, the two hockey siblings hooked up with the Montreal Maroons of the NHL. Earl lasted the full campaign while Des was demoted to the Windsor Bulldogs of the IAHL before the season ended. The next year, however, the two brothers were reunited in Windsor.

In 1932-33, the Roches rejoined the Maroons for five contests and then jumped back to Windsor for about 20 games. At that point, their two careers diverged temporarily with Des heading to the Ottawa Senators while Earl went to the Bruins. Three games later, both brothers were back together in Ottawa.

In 1934-35, the Roche boys joined the St. Louis Eagles for a short time until Earl jumped to the Canadiens for five games and then the they were reunited to conclude their NHL careers with the Detroit Red Wings. Both were then dispatched to Detroit-Buffalo of the IAHL to close out the season.

The brothers enjoyed each other's company for one final season with Pittsburgh-Cleveland and then parted ways for good. Des Roche moved on to make stops in St. Louis, Tulsa, and, finally, Spokane where he retired in 1939.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1925-26 Montreal Victorias MCJHL 6 4 1 5 2 4 3 1 4 2
1926-27 Montreal Victorias MCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1927-28 Montreal Bell Telephone MRTHL
1927-28 Montreal St. Anthony's MRTHL 13 7 0 7
1928-29 Montreal Bell Telephone MRTHL 5 4 9 20
1928-29 Montreal Martins MRTHL 7 0 7
1929-30 Montreal Bell Telephone MRTHL 10 6 0 6 8 2 1 0 1 2
1930-31 Montreal Maroons NHL 19 0 1 1 6
1930-31 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 26 10 2 12 16 6 1 0 1 2
1931-32 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 42 11 12 23 42 6 2 0 2 6
1932-33 Montreal Maroons NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1932-33 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 20 7 4 11 32
1932-33 Ottawa Senators NHL 16 3 6 9 6
1933-34 Ottawa Senators NHL 46 14 10 24 22
1934-35 St. Louis Eagles NHL 7 0 0 0 0
1934-35 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 1 1 0
1934-35 Buffalo Bisons IHL 1 1 1 2 2
1934-35 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 3 0 3 10
1934-35 Detroit Olympics IHL 7 0 3 3 6 5 6 2 8 4
1934-35 London Tecumsehs IHL 3 0 0 0 4
1935-36 Pittsburgh Shamrocks IHL 25 7 7 14 26
1935-36 Cleveland Falcons IHL 19 3 5 8 10 2 0 0 0 0
1936-37 St. Louis Flyers AHA 4 3 0 3 2
1937-38 Tulsa Oilers AHA 32 12 9 21 27
1938-39 Spokane Clippers PCHL 45 14 11 25 33
NHL Totals 113 20 18 38 44


Brother of Earl Signed as a free agent by Mtl. Maroons, September 2, 1930. Traded to Ottawa by Mtl. Maroons for Wally Kilrea, February 3, 1933. Transferred to St. Louis after Ottawa franchise relocated, September 22, 1934. Traded to Boston by St. Louis with Max Kaminsky for Joe Lamb, December 4, 1934. Traded to Montreal by Boston for cash, December 8, 1934. Traded to Buffalo (IHL) by Montreal for cash, December 26, 1934. Traded to Detroit by Buffalo (IHL) for cash, January 1, 1935. Traded to Pittsburgh (IHL) by Detroit for cash, October 17, 1935. Traded to Cleveland (IHL) by Pittsburgh (IHL) for cash, February 3, 1936.
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