Detroit Red Wings
Dennis Hextall
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DennisHextall
POSITION: Center
HEIGHT: 5' 11"
SHOOTS:
WEIGHT: 175
BIRTHDATE: 04/17/1943
BIRTHPLACE: Winnipeg, MB, CAN
DRAFTED: undrafted
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 choice (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Jim Roberts) in 1976 Amateur Draft, February 27, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Washington, February 7, 1979.
Dennis Hextall, son of Rangers' 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.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame