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Dean DeFazio
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Born April 16, 1963 (1963-04-16) (age 56)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL Draft 175th overall, 1981
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1983–1989

Dean DeFazio (born on April 16, 1963) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward who played 22 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1980s.

Playing CareerEdit

Dean began his junior career playing in the OMJHL playing for the Brantford Alexanders. Following his one season with Brantford (in which he accumulated 104 PIMs in 60 games), he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 9th round (175th overall) in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

Dean played the next two years in Juniors splitting time between the Alexanders, Sudbury Wolves, and Oshawa Generals, all of the OHL. Following his last season in Juniors, Pittsburgh assigned Dean to the American Hockey League (AHL) to play for the Baltimore Skipjacks during the 1983-84 season.

In December of 1983, the Penguins called up Dean and he made his NHL debut on December 21st in a game versus the New York Rangers.

He played 22 games for the Penguins during the season totaling 2 assists, it would be the only NHL games he would play.

Dean continued to play with the Skipjacks for two more years before moving on to play for the Newmarket Saints during the 1986-87 season. He returned to Baltimore the following season splitting time between the Skipjacks and the International Hockey League's Flint Spirits.

Dean played for one more season in the AHL this time for the New Haven Nighthawks before going to Germany to play his final professional season for Straubing EHC in 1988.

Post-Playing CareerEdit

After his retirement, Dean became a firefighter and he also runs the DeFazio Hockey Camp in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Brantford Alexanders OHL 60 6 13 19 104
1981–82 Brantford Alexanders OHL 10 2 6 8 30
1981–82 Sudbury Wolves OHL 50 21 32 53 81
1982–83 Oshawa Generals OHL 52 22 23 45 108 17 8 9 17 16
1983–84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 46 18 13 31 114 10 2 2 4 19
1983–84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 0 2 2 28
1984–85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 78 10 17 27 88 10 2 1 3 64
1985–86 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 75 14 24 38 171
1986–87 Newmarket Saints AHL 76 7 13 20 116
1987–88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 26 5 12 17 21
1987–88 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 22 1 2 3 75
1987–88 Flint Spirits IHL 30 8 6 14 39
1988–89 Straubing EHC GerObL 16 15 9 24 34
NHL totals 22 0 2 2 28

Personal LifeEdit

Dean's son, Brandon previously played in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks and currently, he plays for the Texas Stars in the AHL.

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