Hershey Bears Alumni: August 2008

Hershey Bears of the past. A Blog devoted to the past players of the American Hockey Leagues Hershey Bears. Once a week a former Bear will be profiled. Learn about the individuals who made the Bears the greatest team in minor league hockey history.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Denis Herron

In 1979-1980 Denis Herron posted an impressive 25 wins while only picking up 3 losses. The next season he would win the Vezina Trophy. Both accomplishments came while playing goalie for the Montreal Canadiens.

There were some other memorable seasons. How about the 11-39-11 record while defending the goal for the Kansas City Scouts? That was a long season. There were many other long ones for the Quebec native. But in the end, Herron was good enough to stick around for 14 seasons - mostly with the Pittsburgh Penguins. So what is Herron best known for? He was in goal for Guy Lafleur's 50th goal on three occasions. The trend came to an end when Herron was traded to Montreal from Pittsburgh.

The Penguins third round pick in 1972 spent parts of three seasons with the Hershey Bears. He played 50 games with the Bears between 1972 and 1975. Herron didn't return to the AHL until the mid 1980s when he played a season for the Baltimore Skipjacks.

After retiring from hockey, Herron tried his hand as a car salesman in his native Quebec. That last about 8 months before he headed to work in the hotel industry in West Palm Beach, Florida. Now, he remains in the hotel industry working for Radisson in Aruba and St. Martin.