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Bryan Hextall
Bryan Hextall
Center
Number: 12
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Born: May 23, 1941
Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Atlanta for Dave Kryskow on June 5, 1975.
Bryan Hextall, Jr. first put blades to ice, not on a frozen Manitoba pond, but on the surface of Madison Square Gardens in New York. His father, Bryan Hextall, Sr., was near the end of his glorious career with the Rangers. It was not until his father had retired and coached the St. Bonface Canadiens to a Memorial Cup victory that young Bryan realized the magnitude of his father's hockey talent. From then on, the second generation of Hextalls were mobilized and aimed at the NHL.

Hextall played his junior hockey for the Brandon Wheat Kings, where he developed a blend of toughness and scoring ability, not unlike that of his father's. A season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers lead to a 21-game run with the New York Rangers in 1962. He found himself standing on the blueline, where his father had stood a generation before, looking across at Beliveau, Harvey, Plante and the Richards.

But Hextall was judged to be in over his head. So he was dispatched to the minors for a seven-year test to determine just how hungry he was to make it back to the NHL. Hextall had a big appetite.

In 1969, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Hextall and set him loose on the NHL for five seasons. He soon established himself as a fighter who could pot a respectable share of goals in between bouts.

In 1974, he was placed on waivers -- a move that precipitated brief stints with Atlanta, Detroit and Minnesota before he retired from the NHL in 1976.

Hextall stayed on with the North Stars as a scout for one season before returning home to Manitoba.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89