Dennis Bonvie

Widely respected for his competitive spirit and toughness, Dennis Bonvie played 871 games in the American Hockey League over a career that spanned 15 professional seasons.

The Nova Scotia native began his career with the Cape Breton Oilers in 1993 and racked up 278 penalty minutes as a rookie, immediately cementing a reputation as a hard-nosed player who was always ready to stick up for his teammates.

In 1995, Bonvie was selected to participate in the first modern AHL All-Star Game, and would score the event’s first-ever goal. He netted a career-high 13 goals in just 38 games with Cape Breton in 1995-96, and helped the Hamilton Bulldogs reach the Calder Cup Finals in 1997, the first of his three career trips to the AHL’s championship series.

After stops in Portland and Philadelphia, Bonvie joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for their inaugural AHL season in 1999 and quickly became a fan favorite, as well as the heart and soul of the organization on and off the ice. Bonvie also played 31 games with Pittsburgh, one of six National Hockey League clubs he skated for in his career.

He moved on to spend time in Providence, Binghamton and Hershey before returning to the Penguins to finish out his playing career, retiring in 2008 with 84 goals, 191 assists and a pro hockey record 4,493 penalty minutes in the AHL.

Since his retirement, Bonvie has served as a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, for whom he has been director of professional scouting since 2022.