Dave Langevin was a solid all-round defenceman for eight years in the 1980s. He played efficiently in his own zone and made accurate outlet passes to his forwards. His solid positional play was a lesser-known factor in the New York Islanders' Stanley Cup dynasty in the early part of the decade.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Langevin was a steady influence at the University of Minnesota for four years. He was selected 112th overall by the New York Islanders at the 1974 Amateur Draft and played for the U.S. at the 1976 World Championships. Langevin was also placed on the WCHA second all-star team in 1976. The solid defender chose to begin his pro career in the WHA with the Edmonton Oilers. After playing with Wayne Gretzky, earning a place on the league's second all-star team, and helping the club reach the Avco Cup final in 1979, he joined the Isles after the WHA/NHL merger.
Langevin turned out to be the player general manager Bill Torrey hoped he was drafting. As an NHL rookie in 1979-80, he scored 16 points, played aggressively in his own end, and did not over-extend himself on the ice. Langevin spent six years on Long Island and was a member of the Stanley Cup champions in each of his first four years in the league. He also added stability to the blueline corps on Team USA at the 1981 Canada Cup and was picked to participate in the 1983 NHL All-Star Game.
When the Islanders began rebuilding in 1985, Langevin was picked up on waivers by the Minnesota North Stars. He retired after spending the 1986-87 schedule with the Los Angeles Kings and AHL's New Haven Nighthawks.