Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Tippett
Although he has an eleven-year NHL career to his credit, Dave Tippett's credentials are also strongly linked to Olympic hockey. He represented Team Canada at two Olympics, in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in 1984 and in Albertville, France in 1992.

His road to international competition began with the Prince Albert Raiders where he was an offensive standout for two years in the late 1970s. He then jumped south of the border to skate for the University of North Dakota for two seasons, helping his club to a NCAA championship in 1982.

In spite of Tippett's developmental success, however, he was passed over in the NHL Entry Draft. As such, he took his game of strong skating and offensive skill to the international stage where he put in a full season with the Canadian National Team before taking on the world at Sarajevo. Unfortunately, Team Canada failed to win a medal that year.

After, Tippett wasted little time in signing as a free agent with the Hartford Whalers where he put in the final 17 games of the 1983-84 campaign. His debut marked the start of more than six years with the club where he assumed a role as a steady, defensive-oriented player who was good for a handful of goals and assists each year.

In 1990, he joined the Washington Capitals for two more seasons of steady third- and fourth-line duty before taking his second swing at the Olympics. This time, in Albertville, Team Canada won the silver medal.

Tippett then returned to the NHL as a free agent first with the Pens for one season and then, finally, with the Flyers where he ended his NHL career in 1994. He then jumped down to the IHL with the Houston Aeros where he served as a player/coach, a full-time assistant and then eventually, the club's head coach.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Prince Albert Raiders SJHL 60 53 72 125 58 25 19 21 40 18
1980-81 Prince Albert Raiders SJHL 60 42 68 110 64 24 20 25 45 22
1980-81 Prince Albert Raiders Cen-Cup
1981-82 University of North Dakota WCHA 43 13 28 41 20
1982-83 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 15 31 46 24
1983-84 Canada Nat-Tm 66 14 19 33 24
1983-84 Canada Olympics 7 1 1 2 2
1983-84 Hartford Whalers NHL 17 4 2 6 2 -1
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 7 12 19 12 -24
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 14 20 34 18 +9 10 2 2 4 4
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 9 22 31 42 0 6 0 2 2 4
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 16 21 37 32 -4 6 0 0 0 2
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 17 24 41 45 -6 4 0 1 1 0
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 66 8 19 27 32 0 7 1 3 4 2
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 61 6 9 15 24 -13 10 2 3 5 8
1991-92 Washington Capitals NHL 30 2 10 12 16 +2 7 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Canada Nat-Tm 1 0 0 0 4
1991-92 Canada Olympics 7 1 2 3 10
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 6 19 25 56 +5 12 1 4 5 14
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 4 11 15 38 -20
1994-95 Houston Aeros IHL 75 18 48 66 56 4 1 2 3 4
1995-1996 Houston Aeros IHL
1996-1999 Houston Aeros IHL
1999-2002 Los Angeles Kings NHLMGNT
2002-2003 Dallas Stars NHL
NHL Totals 721 93 169 262 317 62 6 16 22 34


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1983) Signed as a free agent by Hartford, February 29, 1984. Traded to Washington by Hartford for Washington's 6th round pick (Jarrett Reid) in 1992 NHL Draft, September 30, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 25, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 30, 1993.
Named Head Coach of Dallas, May 16, 2002.
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