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Dennis Kearns
Position Defenceman
Shot Left
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
182 lb (83 kg)
Teams Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Dallas Black Hawks (CHL)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born September 27 1945 (1945-09-27) (age 71),
Kingston, Ontario
Pro Career 1967 – 1981

Dennis McAleer Kearns (born September 27, 1945, Kingston, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman who spent his entire career with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

He played Junior "B" hockey in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario.

His rights being held by the Chicago Black Hawks, Kearns served a four year apprentice in the minor leagues, principally with the Portland Buckaroos of the Western Hockey League. Between the 1969 and 1971 seasons, Kearns was a First or Second Team league All-Star all three years.

In the summer of 1971, Chicago - then being deep on defence, behind perennial All-Stars Pat Stapleton and Bill White - exposed Kearns in the Intra-League Draft, and he was claimed by Vancouver, for whom he made his NHL debut that fall. Kearns would play his next ten years in Vancouver, his entire NHL career, becoming a star playmaker with noteworthy skill on offense and the power play despite his small size for a defenceman. His best years were between 1976 and 1978, when having recovered from injuries the previous two years he averaged nearly fifty assists a season, was named to the Canadian national team at the World Championships twice.

Unfortunately, his feats on the ice never translated to success in the playoffs; during his career Kearns played in only eleven playoff games, and the Canucks won only three playoff matches in his tenure.

His production declined sharply after the 1979 season, and no longer a frontline defenceman as the team moved younger players into prominence, retired after the 1981 season.


Kearns finished his career with 31 goals and 290 assists for 321 points in 677 games, adding 386 penalty minutes. His 55 assists in 1977 remains the franchise record for defencemen. His 321 career points was the all-time mark for Canucks defencemen for over three decades until surpassed by Mattias Öhlund at the end of the 2009 season; he remains the franchise leader in assists by a defenceman.


Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1967–68Portland BuckaroosWHL685152062122462
1968–69Portland BuckaroosWHL7424244811126813
1969–70Portland BuckaroosWHL721142536781679
1970–71Dallas Black HawksCHL6584452651025714
1971–72Vancouver CanucksNHL733262959
1972–73Vancouver CanucksNHL724333751
1973–74Vancouver CanucksNHL524131730
1974–75Vancouver CanucksNHL49111123140004
1975–76Vancouver CanucksNHL80546514820110
1976–77Vancouver CanucksNHL805556060
1977–78Vancouver CanucksNHL804434727
1978–79Vancouver CanucksNHL78331342831122
1979–80Vancouver CanucksNHL67118192420002
1980–81Vancouver CanucksNHL461141528
NHL totals 677 31 290 321 386 11 1 2 3 8

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