|Born|| April 16, 1963 |
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|NHL Draft|| 175th overall, 1981|
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.
After his retirement, Dean became a firefighter and he also runs the DeFazio Hockey Camp in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
|1987–88||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||26||5||12||17||21||—||—||—||—||—|
Dean's son, Brandon previously played in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks and currently, he plays for the Texas Stars in the AHL.