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Dennis Hextall
Dennishextall
Position Left Wing
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
175 lb (80 kg)
Teams Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
California Golden Seals
Minnesota North Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Washington Capitals
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born April 17, 1943,
Poplar Point, MB, CAN
Pro Career 1967 – 1980


Dennis Hextall (Born April 17, 1943 in Poplar Point, Manitoba) was a professional forward who spent most of his career with the Minnesota North Stars and Detroit Red Wings. He is the son of Bryan Hextall, brother of Bryan Hextall Jr, and uncle of the 1987 Conn Smythe Trophy winner goalie Ron Hextall.

Dennis played two years at the University of North Dakota followed by brief stints in the EHL, CSHL, and American Hockey League. The left-winger broke into the NHL with the New York Rangers during the 1968 playoffs. The next few years he jumped back and forth between the AHL and NHL, spending time with the Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and California Golden Seals. He would secure a spot with the North Stars in 1972. Hextall played five seasons with the North Stars followed by another four with the Detroit Red Wings. His final two seasons were spent with the Washington Capitals where he retired with 681 games under his belt. In his thirteen NHL seasons he recorded a total of 153 goals, 350 assists, 503 points, and 1398 penalty minutes.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1961-62 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 39 11 18 29 24 9 0 3 3 4
Memorial Cup -- -- -- -- -- 11 2 3 5 9
1962-63 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 39 21 46 67 17 10 11 4 15 4
Memorial Cup -- -- -- -- -- 9 5 6 11 8
1963-64 North Dakota Fighting Sioux (see note) 1st Year -- -- -- -- --
1964-65 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 33 17 36 53 33
1965-66 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 30 19 29 48 30
1966-67 Knoxville Knights EHL 61 20 56 76 202 4 3 2 5 21
1967-68 Omaha Knights CPHL 10 0 2 2 9 -- -- -- -- --
Buffalo Bisons AHL 51 15 33 48 114 5 1 5 6 12
New York Rangers NHL -- -- -- -- -- 2 0 0 0 0
1968-69 New York Rangers NHL 13 1 4 5 25 -- -- -- -- --
Buffalo Bisons AHL 60 21 44 65 179 6 1 3 4 6
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 5 7 12 40 -- -- -- -- --
Springfield Kings AHL 10 5 8 13 52 -- -- -- -- --
Montreal Voyageurs AHL 29 10 19 29 126 8 2 5 7 29
1970-71 California Seals NHL 78 21 31 52 217 -- -- -- -- --
1971-72 Cleveland Barons AHL 5 1 1 2 18 -- -- -- -- --
Minnesota North Stars NHL 33 6 10 16 49 7 0 2 2 19
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 -- -- -- -- --
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 "C" NHL 20 4 8 12 33 -- -- -- -- --
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

Note: Freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity team.

Awards & Achievements Edit

  • Turnbull Cup Manitoba Junior Hockey League Championship (1962 & 1963)
  • MJHL Assist Leader (1963)
  • 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 & 1975)
  • “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame

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Preceded by
Dan Maloney
Detroit Red Wings captains
1978-79
Succeeded by
Nick Libett
Paul Woods

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