Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dean Chynoweth
Dean Chynoweth was selected in the first round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, 13th overall by the New York Islanders. He was a big stay-at-home type defenseman who had good size to clear opponents away from his net. Chynoweth played his junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL and scored 22 points in each of his final two years with the club. He also racked up 559 minutes in penalties over that span. During his time in the WHL, Chynoweth's father Ed was president of the league. He admits there were some rumblings at first about his credibility, and whether he should even be in the league, but he silenced the critics soon after by showing he could play. Chynoweth says winning two consecutive Memorial Cups in Medicine Hat rank right at the top of his favourite hockey memories and was team captain for the 1988 championship. Other players on those winning teams included the likes of Trevor Linden and Rob DiMaio.

In 1988-89, Chynoweth appeared in six games for the New York Islanders, and although he was kept of the scoresheet, he made his presence felt, verified by his 48 minutes in penalties. Despite spending more than six years on Long Island, Chynoweth was never able to land a regular spot in the starting lineup. His busiest season with the Isles came in 1993-94 when they used him for 39 games.

Midway through the 1995-96 season, Chynoweth was traded to the Boston Bruins where he played the last 35 games of the season. He returned the following season and played in 57 games, an NHL career high. In 1997-98, he played two more games for the Bruins before retiring from professional hockey at 28, having suffered 13 on-ice concussions. He scored four goals and 22 points with 667 minutes in penalties during his 241-game, during his nine years in the NHL.

Chynoweth served as an assistant coach with the IHL's Utah Grizzlies until the league disbanded after the 2000-01 season and became head coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Calgary Rangers AMHL
1984-85 Calgary Buffaloes AAHA 26 5 13 18 104
1984-85 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 2 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 69 3 12 15 208 17 3 2 5 52
1986-87 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 67 3 19 22 285 13 4 2 6 28
1986-87 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 4 0 0 0 20
1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 64 1 21 22 274 16 0 6 6 87
1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 5 0 2 2 8
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 6 0 0 0 48 -4
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 20 0 2 2 39 0
1989-90 Springfield Indians AHL 40 0 7 7 98 17 0 4 4 36
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 25 1 1 2 59 -6
1990-91 Capital District Islanders AHL 44 1 5 6 176
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 11 1 0 1 23 -3
1991-92 Capital District Islanders AHL 43 4 6 10 164 6 1 1 2 39
1992-93 Capital District Islanders AHL 52 3 10 13 197 4 0 1 1 9
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 39 0 4 4 122 +3 2 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 5 0 1 1 33
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 32 0 2 2 77 +9
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 14 0 1 1 40 -4
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 35 2 5 7 88 -1 4 0 0 0 24
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 57 0 3 3 171 -12
1996-97 Providence Bruins AHL 2 0 0 0 13
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -4
1997-98 Providence Bruins AHL 28 2 2 4 123 -6
1997-98 Quebec Rafales IHL 15 2 2 4 39 +4
NHL Totals 241 4 18 22 667 6 0 0 0 26


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1988) Traded to Boston by NY Islanders for Boston's 5th round pick (Petr Sachl) in 1996 NHL Draft, December 9, 1995.
Named Head Coach of Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), June 12, 2000.
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