Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dennis Ververgaert
Early on in his amateur career, Dennis Ververgaert's OHA rights were held by St. Catharines. But the team traded him to the London Knights where the lanky winger fell under the tutelage of coach Bep Guidolin. With such quality guidance, Ververgaert blossomed into a top-notch junior sniper.

Although the Leafs expressed an interest in the winger, the Vancouver Canucks got the nod in the 1973 Amateur Draft, securing his rights and his pleasure at the thought of making the jump directly to the NHL with plenty of ice time to boot.

During his first five campaigns with the Canucks, Ververgaert was given an offensive role and, for the most part, was able to deliver -- just so long as he remained unfettered by defensive responsibilities. He usually played with Andre Boudrias with the offensive credo: "Get the puck to Verve and let others attend to defense."

Problems arose, however, with the arrival of new coach Harry Neale in 1978. He insisted that Ververgaert carry his defensive weight just like everyone else. But the point-hungry winger was slow to adapt to his new role. As a result, he was shipped to Philadelphia where, ironically, he finally evolved into a defensive forward. He was particularly noteworthy for his strong skating and ability to channel his opponents to disadvantageous areas of the ice.

Ververgaert lasted for a season and a half with the Flyers before joining the Washington Capitals for one final professional campaign. He had hoped to hang on longer, but injuries and the arrival of younger players squeezed him from the roster. Rather than accept a minor-league assignment, he elected to retire.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 5 0 0 0 0
1970-71 London Knights OHA-Jr. 62 39 48 87 98 4 1 0 1 4
1971-72 London Knights OHA-Jr. 62 44 73 117 65 7 5 7 12 8
1972-73 London Knights OHA-Jr. 63 58 89 147 86 18 13 12 25 6
1973-74 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 26 31 57 25 -20
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 57 19 32 51 25 +6 1 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 37 34 71 53 -1 2 1 0 1 4
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 27 18 45 38 -35
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 21 33 54 23 -24
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 35 9 17 26 13 +3
1978-79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 37 9 7 16 6 -4 3 0 2 2 2
1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 14 17 31 24 +9 2 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Washington Capitals NHL 79 14 27 41 40 -5
NHL Totals 583 176 216 392 247 8 1 2 3 6


OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
OMJHL First All-Star Team (1973 Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976, 1978)
Traded to Philadelphia by Vancouver for Drew Callander and Kevin McCarthy, December 29, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Washington, October 6, 1980.
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