Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dennis Hextall
Dennis Hextall, son of Ranger great Bryan Hextall, Sr., had a steadfast dedication to hockey from the moment he saw ice and strapped on the blades. By age 16, he'd drive all the way to Portage La Prairie just to get enough kids together for a game.

But being small, Hextall held no hopes of making it to the NHL. He played his junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings until he jumped at an offer to attend the University of North Dakota. There he played hockey and studied pre-dentistry -- an ironic choice for a fighting man!

As Hextall skated through the Dakotas, though, his game kept improving while so many other players leveled off in their progress. He completed his degree, declined an scholarship for a Master degree and jumped for the pro ranks with Knoxville, Omaha and Buffalo.

In 1968, Hextall caught a brief stint with the New York Rangers before being sent to the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. From there he embarked on a familiar pattern of being traded to the NHL's cellar dwellers. First it was off to the Los Angeles Kings. Then, he joined the California Seals where his trademark balance between scoring and abrasive play emerged.

In 1972, Hextall was traded to the Minnesota North Stars where he reached the peak of his productivity, scoring 284 points in 295 games. But just as the North Stars were approaching respectability, he was again traded to the struggling Red Wings and then on to the hapless Washington Capitals to round out his career in 1979.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1961-62 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 39 11 18 29 24 9 0 3 3 4
1961-62 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 11 2 3 5 9
1962-63 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 39 21 46 67 17 19 16 10 26 12
1962-63 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 9 5 6 11 8
1963-64 University of North Dakota WCHA
1964-65 University of North Dakota WCHA 33 17 36 53 33
1965-66 University of North Dakota 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
1967-68 Buffalo Bisons AHL 51 15 33 48 114 5 1 5 6 12
1967-68 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1968-69 New York Rangers NHL 13 1 4 5 25 +1
1968-69 Buffalo Bisons AHL 60 21 44 65 179 6 1 3 4 6
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 5 7 12 40 -23
1969-70 Springfield Kings AHL 10 5 8 13 52
1969-70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 29 10 19 29 126 8 2 5 7 29
1970-71 California Seals NHL 78 21 31 52 217 -20
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 33 6 10 16 49 +1 7 0 2 2 19
1971-72 Cleveland Barons AHL 5 1 1 2 18
1972-73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 30 52 82 140 +29 6 2 0 2 16
1973-74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 20 62 82 138 +4
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 17 57 74 147 -44
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 59 11 35 46 93 -29
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 5 9 14 71 +2
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 14 32 46 158 -35
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 16 33 49 195 -5 7 1 1 2 10
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 4 8 12 33 +3
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 26 2 9 11 43 -13
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 15 1 1 2 49 -5
NHL Totals 681 153 350 503 1398 22 3 3 6 45


Son of Bryan
Brother of Bryan Jr.
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)
Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Leon Rochefort for Real Lemieux, June 9, 1969. Traded to Montreal by Los Angeles for Dick Duff, January 23, 1970. Traded to California by Montreal for cash, May 22, 1970. Traded to Minnesota by California for Joey Johnston and Walt McKechnie, May 20, 1971. Traded to Detroit by Minnesota for Bill Hogaboam and Los Angeles' 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Jim Roberts) in 1976 Amateur Draft, February 27, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Washington, February 7, 1979.
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