David Desharnais
Born September 14, 1986 (1986-09-14) (age 32)
Laurier-Station, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present

David Desharnais (born on September 14, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).

David was never drafted into the NHL, but he signed as a free-agent with Montreal in 2008.

Playing CareerEdit

David spent his major junior career with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He became a prolific scorer over the course of his four seasons with the team, increasing his goal totals each year, scoring 38 in 61 games during his last season there.

Serving as team captain, David totalled 374 points in 262 games. He won the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy as the QMJHL's most gentlemanly player three times consecutively from 2004–05 to 2006–07 when he was also named the most gentlemanly player of the Canadian Hockey League.

Despite his junior success, David was passed over in the NHL Entry Draft, due in part to his small size.

The Montreal Canadiens saw enough potential in Desharnais to invite him to their training camp in the fall of 2007. Although he did not make the team, he earned an assignment to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

David had a phenomenal professional debut in Cincinnati, putting up 106 points in only 68 regular season games to lead the league in scoring before adding 33 points in 22 playoff games to lead the Cyclones to their first Kelly Cup championship.

He was named ECHL Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player and was named to both the All-Rookie Team and the First All-Star Team.

Following that successful season, David was again invited to the Canadiens' training camp in 2008 after which Montreal signed him to a two year, two-way contract. He was assigned to the Canadiens' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs where he spent the next two seasons.

After a successful debut with the Bulldogs in 2008–09, David led the team in scoring in 2009–10 with 78 points in only 60 games; he added 23 points in 19 playoff games. That season, he also made his debut with the Canadiens, dressing for 6 NHL games and recording 1 assist.

In the midst of another stellar season in Hamilton after signing a one-year contract extension, David was recalled by the Canadiens on December 31, 2010.

On January 12, 2011, David scored his first NHL goal, deflecting a P.K. Subban point-shot past Marc-André Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He went on to play 43 games with the Canadiens, posting 8 goals and 22 points as well as 1 point in 5 playoff games.

On June 20, 2011, David signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens.

During the 2012 lockout, David played in the Swiss National League A for HC Fribourg-Gottéron, scoring 16 points in 16 games. He also represented Fribourg in the 2012 Spengler Cup.

On March 15, 2013, David signed a four-year 14 million dollar contract extension with the Canadiens.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL70232851121847118
2004–05Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL683265973919510158
2005–06Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL633385118441129114
2006–07Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL6138701083241562
2006–07Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL71124
2007–08Cincinnati CyclonesECHL68297710618229243318
2007–08Hamilton BulldogsAHL40116
2008–09Hamilton BulldogsAHL772434582061344
2009–10Hamilton BulldogsAHL60275178231910132316
2009–10Montreal CanadiensNHL60110
2010–11Hamilton BulldogsAHL3510354524
2010–11Montreal CanadiensNHL43814221250112
2011–12Montreal CanadiensNHL8116446024
2012–13HC Fribourg-GottéronNLA164121612
2012–13Montreal CanadiensNHL481018282650112
NHL totals 178347711162 100224
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