Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dean Kolstad
A gigantic defenceman standing 6'6", Dean Kolstad kept the front of his net clear, moved the puck efficiently, and had a decent shot from the point. Outside of a 40-game stint in the NHL over three seasons, he was a successful minor pro worker in three different leagues.

Kolstad played with the Langley Eagles of BCJHL and then the New Westminster Bruins of the WHL. He later joined the Prince Albert Raiders part way through the 1985-86 season and was chosen 33rd overall by the Minnesota North Stars in that summer's NHL Entry Draft. The hulking blueliner scored a combined 105 points in 1987 and 1988 and was placed on the WHL East second all-star team both years.

Kolstad played 25 games for the North Stars in 1988-89 and scored six points while providing physical presence on blueline. Kolstad scored 50 points in 1989-90 for Kalamazoo and was voted on to the IHL's second all-star team. He joined the North Stars at the pre-season Friendship Tour in September 1990 and was called up for five games later that season. Minnesota had too many defencemen so Kolstad spent most of the year with the Kalamazoo Wings and Kansas City Blades in the IHL.

Looking for some size on the blueline, the expansion San Jose Sharks picked Kolstad in Dispersal Draft on May 30, 1991. In 1991-92, he anchored the Kansas City Blades' blueline and scored 29 points in 74 games. The next season he played ten games for the Sharks then returned to the minors. Over the next few seasons, Kolstad toiled in the IHL, AHL, and Western Pro League before retiring in 1998.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Langley Eagles BCJHL
1983-84 New Westminster Bruins WHL 4 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Langley Eagles BCJHL 25 3 11 14 61
1984-85 New Westminster Bruins WHL 13 0 0 0 16
1985-86 New Westminster Bruins WHL 16 0 5 5 19
1985-86 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 54 2 15 17 80 20 5 3 8 26
1986-87 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 72 17 37 54 112 8 1 5 6 8
1987-88 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 72 14 37 51 121 10 0 9 9 20
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 25 1 5 6 42 -5
1988-89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 51 10 23 33 91 6 1 0 1 23
1989-90 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 77 10 40 50 172 10 3 4 7 14
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 3 0 0 0 6
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 5 0 0 0 15 -2
1990-91 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 33 4 8 12 50 9 1 6 7 4
1991-92 Kansas City Blades IHL 74 9 20 29 83 15 3 6 9 8
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 10 0 2 2 12 -9
1992-93 Kansas City Blades IHL 63 9 21 30 79 3 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Binghamton Rangers AHL 68 7 26 33 92
1994-95 Minnesota Moose IHL 73 6 18 24 71 1 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Portland Pirates AHL 12 1 1 2 14
1996-97 Central Texas Stampede WPHL 17 2 10 12 44 11 4 7 11 12
1997-98 Central Texas Stampede WPHL 66 14 59 73 92 +5 4 2 2 4 10
NHL Totals 40 1 7 8 69


WHL East Second All-Star Team (1987, 1988)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1990)
Claimed by San Jose from Minnesota in Dispersal Draft, May 30, 1991.