Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Billy Dea
Billy Dea had a 20-year professional hockey career that all began back in 1952 with the Saskatoon Quakers of the WHL, where he dressed for three games.

The 1953-54 schedule marked Dea's first full pro season, where he appeared in 53 games for the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL. He scored 21 goals and had 13 assists for 34 points. He was called up for 14 games with the NHL's New York Rangers where he had a goal and an assist. He would spend two more years in the minors, one in Vancouver and one with the Edmonton Flyers.

It was 1956-57 when Dea became a regular in the lineup, playing for the Detroit Red Wings in 69 regular season games. He had 15 goals and 15 assists. After another half season in Detroit, Dea was sent to the Chicago Blackhawks where he finished the last 34 games of the 1957-58 season. He had nine goals and 12 assists between the two teams that year.

The next nine years of Dea's hockey career were played exclusively in the American Hockey League. He managed at least 25 goals in seven of those nine seasons and three times surpassed 30 goals.

It was not until expansion in 1967 that Dea got another chance to play in the big league. He was chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins and played in 73 games with the expansion club that year, posting 16 goals and 12 assists for 28 points. He played one more season in Pittsburgh before moving on to the Detroit Red Wings for the 1969-70 campaign. In 70 games he collected ten goals and three assists while being relegated to minimal ice time.

The 1971-72 season was Dea's last in the NHL. At the age of 39, he appeared in 42 games, scoring six goals and three assists. The balance of the season was played in Tidewater, where he had seven goals and seven assists in 70 games.

Dea was a one-time coach of the Detroit Red Wings and now serves as amateur scout for the Florida Panthers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Lethbridge Native Sons WCJHL 29 20 13 33 4 10 4 0 4 0
1950-51 Lethbridge Native Sons WCJHL 38 25 22 47 6 7 3 1 4 0
1951-52 Lethbridge Native Sons WCJHL 41 44 28 72 10 4 2 3 5 0
1952-53 Lethbridge Native Sons WCJHL 34 34 21 55 53 14 12 9 21 12
1952-53 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 3 2 1 3 0
1952-53 Lethbridge Native Sons M-Cup 11 11 4 15 6
1953-54 New York Rangers NHL 14 1 1 2 2
1953-54 Vancouver Canucks WHL 53 21 13 34 8 12 6 5 11 4
1954-55 Vancouver Canucks WHL 59 18 13 31 13 4 0 1 1 0
1955-56 Edmonton Flyers WHL 70 29 42 71 14 3 2 1 3 4
1956-57 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 15 15 30 14 5 2 0 2 2
1957-58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 29 4 4 8 6
1957-58 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 34 5 8 13 4
1958-59 Buffalo Bisons AHL 70 25 45 70 19 11 5 4 9 4
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 28 26 54 20
1960-61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 35 39 74 10 4 1 2 3 0
1961-62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 70 30 22 52 17 11 0 2 2 2
1962-63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 20 12 32 25 13 2 8 10 0
1963-64 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 25 16 41 4
1964-65 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 21 19 40 15 9 3 0 3 0
1965-66 Buffalo Bisons AHL 70 32 23 55 17
1966-67 Buffalo Bisons AHL 71 25 39 64 5
1966-67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1967-68 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 16 12 28 6 -15
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 10 8 18 4 -32
1969-70 Baltimore Clippers AHL 7 0 1 1 42
1969-70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 10 3 13 6 +3 4 0 1 1 2
1970-71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 6 3 9 2 -5
1970-71 Fort Worth Wings CHL 26 8 15 23 10 4 0 4 4 0
1971-72 Tidewater Red Wings AHL 72 7 7 14 8
NHL Totals 397 67 54 121 44 11 2 1 3 6


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1952) Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers with Aggie Kukulowicz and cash for Dave Creighton and Bronco Horvath, August 18, 1955. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Bill Dineen, Lorne Ferguson and Earl Reibel for Nick Mickoski, Bob Bailey, Hec Lalande and John McIntyre, December 17, 1957. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Chicago in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Detroit by Pittsburgh for Mike McMahon, October 28, 1969.
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