Denis Gauthier
Denis Gauthier
Number: 21
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 1, 1976
Birthplace: Montreal, QC, Canada
Acquired: Acquired by the Kings with a second round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Patrik Hersley and forward Ned Lukacevic.
Drafted: CGY / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (20th overall)
2007-08: Recorded 18 points (3-15=18) and 80 penalty minutes in 78 regular season games for the Flyers AHL affiliate the Philadelphia Phantoms…Led the Phantoms with a plus-16 rating and his 80 penalty minutes was second among team defensemen…Also recorded one assist and 17 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games with the Phantoms.

2006-07: Recorded four assists and 45 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games for Philadelphia… Missed the final six games of the season due to a wrist sprain…Missed 32 games (Nov. 11, 2006 to Jan. 20, 2007) due to a shoulder injury…Registered a seasonhigh 25:37 of ice time Feb. 1, 2007 vs. New Jersey.

Recorded 11 points (2-9=11) and 98 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games split with Phoenix and Philadelphia…All of his 11 points came with Phoenix in 45 games…He recorded zero points in 17 regular season games with Philadelphia…His 154 hits (includes 120 with Phoenix) led Philadelphia…Also recorded one assist and 19 penalty minutes in six playoff games with Philadelphia.

Did not play during the lockout.

Established NHL career highs with 16 points and 15 assists (1-15=16) and 113 penalty minutes in 80 regular season games with Calgary…His 113 penalty minutes ranked third on Calgary…Also recorded one assist and four penalty minutes in six playoff games with Calgary…Sustained a knee injury in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Vancouver and missed the rest of the playoffs, as Calgary advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Tampa Bay.

Recorded 12 points (1-11=12) and 99 penalty minutes in 72 regular season games with Calgary… Tied for the club lead with a plus-5 rating.

2001-02: Established NHL career high with five goals (5-8=13) and also amassed 91 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games with Calgary…Was Calgary’s nominee for the Masterson Trophy…Led Calgary with four short-handed points and was tied for third on the club with a plus-9 rating.

Recorded eight points (2-6=8) and 78 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games with Calgary… Led Calgary with 252 hits, which was ninth in the NHL…Was third on the club with a plus-3 rating and 78 penalty minutes.

Recorded two points (1-1=2) and 50 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games with Calgary… Missed the final 30 games of the season due to a hip injury.

1998-99: Recorded seven points (3-4=7) and 68 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games with Calgary and three points (0-3=3) and 31 penalty minutes in 16 games with the Flames AHL affiliate the Saint John Flames…Scored first career NHL goal Feb. 12, 1999 vs. Boston…Recorded first career NHL point (assist) Jan. 28, 1999 vs. Chicago.

Recorded zero points and 16 penalty minutes in 10 regular season games with Calgary and 24 points (4-20=24) and 154 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games with Saint John…Made NHL debut Oct. 9, 1997 vs. New York Rangers…Also recorded four points (0-4=4) and 83 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games with Saint John, as the Flames advanced to the Calder Cup Finals…His 83 postseason penalty minutes led the AHL.

Recorded 31 points (3-28=31) and 74 penalty minutes in 73 regular season games with Saint John…His 31 points led all team defensemen…Also recorded zero points and six penalty minutes in five playoff games with Saint John. 1995-96: Made pro debut in the AHL with Saint John after a four-year stint playing juniors with Drummondville in the QMJHL…Recorded two points (2-0=2) and eight penalty minutes in five regular season games for Saint John and also posted seven points (1-6=7) and 20 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games for Saint John.

Drummondville, QMJHL… Named a Canadian Major Junior First-Team All-Star and QMJHL First-Team All-Star in 1995-96.

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Calgary in the first round (20th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft… Traded to Phoenix by Calgary with Oleg Saprykin for Daymond Langkow on Aug. 26, 2004…Traded to Philadelphia by Phoenix for Josh Gratton and two second- round selections in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft on March 9, 2006.

INTERNATIONAL PLAY: Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1996 World Junior Championships (6 GP, 1-1=2).

PERSONAL: Lives in Drummondville, Quebec during the summer…Nickname is Gauts…Wife’s name is Stephanie…Children’s names are Kaylen, Kelly Ann and Ethan…Has a Golden Retriever named Vegas… Favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption… Favorite actress is Charlize Theron…Favorite actor is Will Smith…Favorite NHL city other than Los Angeles is Phoenix…Favorite sport to play other than hockey is golf…Favorite hockey moment is his first NHL game…Favorite professional athlete is Tiger Woods… Favorite road arena is the American Airlines Center in Dallas…Favorite vacation spot is Jamaica...Favorite TV shows are Entourage and The Office…Favorite food is fondue…Favorite holiday is Christmas…Typical pregame meal is pasta with chicken…Helps the environment by recycling…An interesting fact that not many people know about him is that his uncles were in the WWE…Made a special appearance on the Price is Right's Kings/hockey-themed “Showcase Showdown”(taped Sept. 9, 2008; scheduled to air Nov. 5, 2008).