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Billy Dea
Billy Dea
Left Wing
Number: 7
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 175
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 3, 1933
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
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Acquired: Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers with Aggie Kukulowicz and cash for Dave Creighton and Bronco Horvath on August 18, 1955.
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.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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