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Dennis Ververgaert Signing

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Dennis Ververgaert enjoyed spending time with fans and signing autographs before a wild game against the Nashville Predators.

Some fans lined up to get there photo taken with Dennis while others waited in line to share memories of seasons past. Everyone from small children to the older folks wanted to share a piece of Dennis on this evening, including Richmond high school students who heard so much about Dennis from his son, a Richmond high school teacher.

Ververgaert played in the NHL from 1973 until 1981 where he was one of the Canucks top players in the team’s first decade of existence. In his first NHL season, Ververgaert did not disappoint, stepping straight into the Canucks' roster and recording a team-leading 26 goals along with 31 assists for 57 points. He led all rookies in goals and was second in points to Tom Lysiak, and finished 4th in Calder Trophy voting as the league's top rookie. His 26 goals remained the Canuck rookie record until broken by Trevor Linden in 1988–89.

In 1974–75 Ververgaert was even better, recording 51 points in 57 games despite missing substantial time due to a serious shoulder injury. His production was a key factor in the team's improvement, as they won their division and made the playoffs for the first time. He would have his finest season in 1975–76, leading the Canucks with 37 goals and 71 points. He was also selected to play in his first NHL All-Star Game and proceeded to score two goals in 10 seconds to set an All-Star record, since broken by Owen Nolan. He was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game in 1976 and 1978.

Ververgaert finished his career with totals of 176 goals and 216 assists for 392 points in 583 games, along with 247 penalty minutes. His 139 goals in a Vancouver Canuck uniform place him 11th all-time, and only Don Lever scored more goals for the club during the 1970s.

Following his career, Ververgaert returned to Vancouver where he operates an insurance business and is an active member of the Canucks' alumni organization.

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