Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Debol
Dave Debol was drafted by the World Hockey Association's New England Whalers but was traded twice before he made his professional debut. Debol spent three years with the University of Michigan and had two stops with the U.S. National Team for the World Championships before joining the WHA.

With Michigan Debol was a key player and multi-time All-Star as well as earning berths on the All-American Team and the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. Debol suited up for nine games with the Cincinnati Stingers to finish up the 1977-78 campaign then spent all of the next year there. When the World Hockey Association merged with the National Hockey League in 1979 Debol was selected by one of the new franchise, the Hartford Whalers, in the Dispersal Draft.

Debol spent 48 games with the Whalers during their inaugural NHL season and the center scored 12 goals while assisting on 14 others. The rest of that season was split between two minor pro clubs. The following year he was back in Hartford for 44 games and produced the same amount of points. This proved to be his final stint in the big leagues.

That spring he made his third appearance at the World Championships then moved on to the Central Hockey League to finish his career in 1981. Debol retired from the game following the 1982-83 campaign.

With his playing days behind him, Debol stayed with the game as a coach working at the high school level. He also owns and operates Debol & Donnelly Skill Development, a hockey school that he operates out of Michigan.

In 1996 Dave Debol was inducted into the Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor for his outstanding efforts on the ice during his three- season stay, highlighted by his 99 points in just 45 games in 1976-77.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 St. Clair Shores Falcons MI-Jr.
1974-75 University of Michigan WCHA 33 13 18 31 0
1975-76 University of Michigan WCHA 42 39 22 61 22
1976-77 University of Michigan WCHA 45 43 56 99 40
1976-77 United States WEC-A 8 3 3 6 2
1977-78 University of Michigan WCHA 46 20 38 58 16
1977-78 United States WEC-A 10 4 4 8 0
1977-78 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 9 3 2 5 2
1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 59 10 27 37 9
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 48 12 14 26 4 -5 3 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Springfield Indians AHL 16 4 12 16 2
1979-80 Cincinnati Stingers CHL 10 8 8 16 2
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 44 14 12 26 0 -12
1980-81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 18 4 11 15 0
1980-81 United States WEC-A 8 5 4 9 14
1981-82 Cincinnati Tigers CHL 50 16 24 40 6
1981-82 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 21 13 15 28 2 4 0 3 3 2
1982-83 Birmingham South Stars CHL 55 25 28 53 8 13 5 5 10 2
1983-84 EHC Wetzikon Swiss-2 38 56 41 97
NHL Totals 92 26 26 52 4 3 0 0 0 0


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1976)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1977)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1977)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1977)
Selected by New England (WHA) in 1976 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1976. WHA rights traded to Edmonton (WHA) by New England (WHA) to complete transaction that sent Jack Carlson, Steve Carlson, Dave Keon, Dave Dryden and John McKenzie to New England, June, 1977. WHA rights traded to Cincinnati (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) with draft choices (later voided) for Dennis Sobchuk, December, 1977. Claimed by Hartford from Cincinnati (WHA) in WHA Dispersal Draft, June, 1979.