Former Sting and Frontenac a Goaltending Superstar in Norway

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As a member of the Canadian National Team, 1998-99.

Patrick DesRochers played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-96 to

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Team map for the GET-Ligaen.

 1998-99. His first three seasons in the OHL were spent with the Sarnia Sting. In his final season, he was traded to the Kingston Frontenacs eight games into the season.

DesRochers spent the past season, 2009-10, in Norway, playing for Vålerenga Ishockey AS – a team that plays out of Oslo. The team finished first in the regular season, 12 points ahead of the next team, in Norway’s GET-Ligaen. The GET-Ligaen is a nine team league that plays a regular season schedule of 48 games. Patrick played 47 of those 48 games.

His 47 games tied him for first in the league among goaltenders. He led the league in minutes played, wins and goals against average (2.10). DesRochers was second in the league for save percentage with a .917.

Patrick was originally a first round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1998 NHL draft (14th overall). He did get a taste of the NHL with 11 total games, 9 with the Phoenix Coyotes and 2 with the Carolina Hurricanes. The rest of his North American career was spent in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons, Lowell Lock Monsters and San Antonio Rampage. He aslo put in two games in the ECHL with the Texas Wildcatters.

Check out Patrick DesRochers profile page on the Vålerenga Ishockey AS official website.

Some other related posts that might interest you:

Sarnia Sting alumni playing professional hockey. (Patrick was off the radar when this post was published so he’s not included in the lengthy list of Sting grads active in the hockey world)

Former Knight and Sting, Mathis Olimb, on the roster for Norway at the IIHF Worlds

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