Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dean Hopkins
Dean Hopkins was a 2nd-round selection of the Los Angeles Kings, 29th overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, and considered to be one of the most talent-laden drafts in NHL history.

As a kid growing up in southern Ontario, Hopkins advanced through his local minor hockey system before joining the OHA's London Knights in 1975 as a 16-year-old. As a rookie, he scored 18 points in 53 games. The next two years he scored 19 goals before putting together a strong final season in 1978-79, when he recorded 37 goals and 92 points in 65 games.

Hopkins broke in as a rookie with the Kings in 1979-80, starting 60 games, scoring eight goals and 14 points. He increased that to 26 points the following year. He played two more years with the Kings before spending a season in the minors with the New Haven Nighthawks. Midway through the 1984-85 season, his rights were obtained by the Edmonton Oilers and he played with their minor-league affiliate in Nova Scotia before being called up to Edmonton for one game during the 1985-86 season.

He continued to play in the Oilers' organization with the Nova Scotia Oilers for two more years before moving on to play for the Halifax Citadels in 1988-89. During that season, he was called up for five games with the Quebec Nordiques, which were his final five games as an NHL player. Hopkins played two more years in Halifax before retiring after three games into the 1990-91 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Owen Sound Jr. Greys ON-Jr.B 38 21 20 41 44
1975-76 London Knights OMJHL 53 4 14 18 50
1976-77 London Knights OMJHL 63 19 26 45 67 19 4 8 12 17
1977-78 London Knights OMJHL 67 19 34 53 70 11 1 5 6 24
1978-79 London Knights OMJHL 65 37 55 92 149 7 6 0 6 27
1979-80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 8 6 14 39 -16 4 0 1 1 5
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 8 18 26 118 +6 4 1 0 1 9
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 2 13 15 102 -20 10 0 4 4 15
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 5 12 17 43 -5
1982-83 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 20 9 8 17 58
1983-84 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 79 35 47 82 162
1984-85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 20 7 10 17 38
1984-85 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 49 13 17 30 93 6 1 2 3 20
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 60 23 32 55 131
1986-87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 59 20 25 45 84 1 0 0 0 5
1987-88 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 44 20 22 42 122 5 2 5 7 16
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 5 0 2 2 4 +1
1988-89 Halifax Citadels AHL 53 18 31 49 116 3 0 1 1 6
1989-90 Halifax Citadels AHL 54 23 32 55 167 6 1 4 5 8
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 3 2 0 2 2
NHL Totals 223 23 51 74 306 18 1 5 6 29


Traded to Edmonton by Los Angeles for cash, November 27, 1984. Traded to Los Angeles by Edmonton for future considerations, May 31, 1985. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, September 27, 1985. Signed as a free agent by Quebec, July 30, 1988.