They say everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. Deron Quint got only 4 seconds, although it may stand the test of time.
Nels Stewart - an ill-tempered Hockey Hall of Famer they dubbed "Old Poison" - was one of hockey's all time greats. Deron Quint would not be destined for such a career. The New Hampshire born Quint would play in 463 NHL regular season games, mostly with Winnipeg/Phoneix and also with Columbus (where he scored three goals in one period) and briefly New Jersey and Chicago. He score 46 goals and 143 points in an injury riddled career.
He was a little too slight to be an effective NHL defenseman, but rampant expansion in the 1990s ensured employment. He was a very good skater, both in terms of speed and fluidity. He had good hands, too. He made good outlet passes and had a hard slap shot from the point. Ultimately though he was prone to defensive breakdowns either because of his lack of size or his inconsistency in reading the play.
During the lost NHL season due to the 2004-05 labour dispute, Quint found a team in Europe to play for, and he has never returned. He would play in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Russia.