Dean Charles Talafous (born August 25, 1953) is an American former professional ice hockey player. He played 497 regular season games in the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1974 and 1981 for the Atlanta Flames, Minnesota North Stars and New York Rangers as a right winger.
August 25, 1953|
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
Minnesota North Stars
New York Rangers
|National team||United States|
53rd overall, 1973|
13th overall, 1973|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1984–1985||St. Paul Vulcans|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1996 Edward Jeremiah Award|
Talafous played for the Wisconsin Badgers where he helped the team win a National Championship in 1973, and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Talafous scored the winning goal in the championship game.
Talafous was drafted 53rd overall by the Atlanta Flames in the 1973 NHL Entry Draft. He played 18 games for the Flames before being traded to the Minnesota North Stars. In international hockey he played for the United States in the 1976 Canada Cup and 1981 Canada Cup. In 1978 Talafous signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers.
On December 30, 1981, the Rangers traded him with Jere Gillis to the Quebec Nordiques for Robbie Ftorek, however, Talafous decided to retire after learning that the Nordiques would not offer him a contract past the end of the season. The Rangers were then forced to give up Pat Hickey as compensation.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons (NCHA) (1989–1996)|
|1992-93||Wisconsin–River Falls||19-13-1||NCAA Runner-Up (D-III)|
|1993-94||Wisconsin–River Falls||21-8-4||NCAA National Champion (D-III)|
|1994-95||Wisconsin–River Falls||19-10-4||NCAA Frozen Four (D-III)|
|1995-96||Wisconsin–River Falls||26-5-2||NCAA Frozen Four (D-III)|
|Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves (WCHA) (1996–2001)|
|1996-97||Alaska-Anchorage||9-23-4||7-21-4||9th||WCHA First Round|
|1997-98||Alaska-Anchorage||6-25-5||5-19-4||9th||WCHA First Round|
|1998-99||Alaska-Anchorage||13-18-5||10-13-5||6th||WCHA First Round|
|1999-00||Alaska-Anchorage||15-18-3||11-14-3||7th||WCHA First Round|
|2000-01||Alaska-Anchorage||7-24-5||4-20-4||9th||WCHA First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
Talafous lives in Hudson, Wisconsin, and founded Total Hockey Training with his wife, Jax, and son, Pete; Talafous retired in 2011 and Pete now runs the organization as Exceed Hockey. In 2013 Talafous was inducted in the Badger Athletic Hall of Fame.
Awards and honorsEdit
|All-NCAA All-Tournament Team||1973|||
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1968–69||Hastings High School||HS-MN|
|1969–70||Hastings High School||HS-MN|
|1970–71||Hastings High School||HS-MN|
|1971–72||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||37||10||24||34||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|1972–73||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||40||21||32||53||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||34||17||29||46||29||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974–75||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||43||8||17||25||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||79||18||30||48||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||80||22||27||49||10||2||0||0||0||0|
|1977–78||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||75||13||16||29||25||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||New York Rangers||NHL||68||13||16||29||29||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||New York Rangers||NHL||55||10||20||30||26||5||1||2||3||9|
|1980–81||New York Rangers||NHL||50||13||17||30||28||14||3||5||8||2|
|1981–82||New York Rangers||NHL||29||6||7||13||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973||United States||WC B||7||2||8||10|
|1974||United States||WC B|
- Burrows, Bob (22 August 2013). "Hockey great Dean Talafous headed to Badger Athletic Hall of Fame". Hudson Star-Observer. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
- "Wisconsin Victor in N.C.A.A. Hockey". The New York Times. 18 March 1973. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
- "Talafous Is Retiring With No Regrets After Trade". The New York Times. 4 January 1982. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
- "Pat Hickey, 28-year-old New York Rangers left wing, was..." UPI. 8 March 1982. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
- "Dean Charles Talafous". LegendsOfHockey.net. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- "2013-14 Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Hockeydraftcentral.com profile
- Total Hockey Training
|Awards and achievements|
| NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
| Edward Jeremiah Award
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