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Dennis Hextall
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Born April 17, 1943 (1943-04-17) (age 76)
Poplar Point, Manitoba, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
California Golden Seals
Minnesota North Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1967–1980

Dennis Hextall (born Dennis Harold Hextall on April 17, 1943) is a former professional hockey forward who spent most of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Minnesota North Stars and the Detroit Red Wings.

He is the son of Bryan Hextall, the brother of Bryan Hextall, Jr., the uncle of goaltender Ron Hextall and the grand-uncle of Brett Hexall.

Playing CareerEdit

Dennis played two years at the University of North Dakota followed by brief stints in the EHL, CSHL, and American Hockey League.

He broke into the NHL with the New York Rangers during the 1968 playoffs. On June 9, 1969, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings along with Leon Rochefort in exchange for Real Lemieux.

Dennis played for Los Angeles for 28 games until he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on January 23, 1970 in exchange for Dick Duff. While in Montreal, he played for the team's AHL team, the Montreal Voyageurs for 29 games.

On May 22, 1970, he was traded to the California Golden Seals in exchange for cash and he played for them for 78 games.

On May 2, 1971, Dennis was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in exchange for Joey Johnston and Walt McKechnie.

Dennis played five seasons with the Minnesota North Stars and on February 27, 1976, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Bill Hogaboam and Los Angeles' second-round choice in the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft where he played for the organization for four seasons.

On February 7, 1979, he signed to the Washington Capitals as a free agent where she stayed with the team in his final two seasons and retired with 681 games under his belt.

In his thirteen NHL seasons, Dennis recorded a total of 153 goals, 350 assists, 503 points and 1398 penalty minutes.

Post-Playing CareerEdit

Currently, Dennis is currently on the board of directors of the Detroit Red Wings alumni team and is active in its efforts to raise money for children's charities in Metro Detroit. He is also the coaching director for the Victory Honda AAA hockey club.

In September of 2009, he was named the President and Commissioner of the International Hockey League, a mid-level minor hockey league based in the northern Midwestern United States.

He also became a “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1967–68 Buffalo Bisons AHL 51 15 33 48 114 5 1 5 6 12
1967–68 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1968–69 New York Rangers NHL 13 1 4 5 25
1968–69 Buffalo Bisons AHL 60 21 44 65 179 6 1 3 4 6
1969–70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 5 7 12 40
1969–70 Springfield Kings AHL 10 5 8 13 52
1969–70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 29 10 19 29 126 8 2 5 7 29
1970–71 California Golden Seals NHL 78 21 31 52 217
1971–72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 33 6 10 16 49 7 0 2 2 19
1971–72 Cleveland Barons AHL 5 1 1 2 18
1972–73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 30 52 82 140 6 2 0 2 16
1973–74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 20 62 82 138
1974–75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 17 57 74 147
1975–76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 59 11 35 46 93
1975–76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 5 9 14 71
1976–77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 14 32 46 158
1977–78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 16 33 49 195 7 1 1 2 10
1978–79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 4 8 12 33
1978–79 Washington Capitals NHL 26 2 9 11 43
1979–80 Washington Capitals NHL 15 1 1 2 49
NHL Totals 681 153 350 503 1398 22 3 3 6 45

AccoladesEdit

  • WCHA Second All-Star Team (1965)
  • WCHA First All-Star Team (1966)
  • AHL Second All-Star Team (1969)
  • Played in NHL All-Star Game (1974 and 1975)
  • “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.