Dean Talafous

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.

Dean Talafous
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Born (1953-08-25) August 25, 1953 (age 66)
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Atlanta Flames
Minnesota North Stars
New York Rangers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 53rd overall, 1973
Atlanta Flames
WHA Draft 13th overall, 1973
Cincinnati Stingers
Playing career 1974–1981
Playing career
1971–1974Wisconsin
Position(s)Right Wing
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1984Minnesota (assistant)
1984–1985St. Paul Vulcans
1985–1989Minnesota (assistant)
1989–1996Wisconsin–River Falls
1996–2001Alaska-Anchorage
Head coaching record
Overall160-196-40 (.455)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
1996 Edward Jeremiah Award

CollegeEdit

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.[1] Talafous scored the winning goal in the championship game.[2]

Playing careerEdit

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.[3][4][5]

CoachingEdit

JuniorsEdit

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons (NCHA) (1989–1996)
1989-90 Wisconsin–River Falls 13-13-3
1990-91 Wisconsin–River Falls 6-18-3
1991-92 Wisconsin–River Falls 6-17-1
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)
Wisconsin–River Falls: 110-84-18
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
Alaska-Anchorage: 50-108-22 37-87-20
Total: 160-196-40

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

[6]

After hockeyEdit

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.[1] In 2013 Talafous was inducted in the Badger Athletic Hall of Fame.[1]

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1973 [7]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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 Atlanta Flames NHL 18 1 4 5 13
1974–75 Omaha Knights CHL 11 3 5 8 10
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
NHL totals 497 104 154 258 163 21 4 7 11 11

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1973 United States WC B 7 2 8 10
1974 United States WC B
1976 United States CC 5 2 2 4 8
1981 United States CC 6 3 2 5 0
Senior totals 11 5 4 9 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Burrows, Bob (22 August 2013). "Hockey great Dean Talafous headed to Badger Athletic Hall of Fame". Hudson Star-Observer. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Wisconsin Victor in N.C.A.A. Hockey". The New York Times. 18 March 1973. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Talafous Is Retiring With No Regrets After Trade". The New York Times. 4 January 1982. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Pat Hickey, 28-year-old New York Rangers left wing, was..." UPI. 8 March 1982. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Dean Charles Talafous". LegendsOfHockey.net. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  6. ^ "2013-14 Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  7. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tim Regan
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
1973
Succeeded by
Brad Shelstad
Preceded by
Bill Beaney
Edward Jeremiah Award
1995–96
Succeeded by
Mike McShane