Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dean Talafous
Dean Talafous was a skilled right-winger who played nearly 500 NHL games in the 1970s and '80s. He was also able to use his 6'4" frame to create space for himself in the slot and win battles for the puck along the boards.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Talafous played three years at the University of Wisconsin. He was chosen 53rd overall by the Atlanta Flames at the 1973 Amateur Draft after helping the Badgers win the NCAA title. Talafous was named the championship tournament MVP and placed on the all-tournament team. He returned to school in 1973-74 and recorded 46 points in 34 games before turning pro.

The talented forward played 18 games for Atlanta in 1974-75 before he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars. He spent three and a half years with the club and played for the United States at the inaugural Canada Cup in 1976. In 1976-77, he scored a career-high 22 goals while forming a solid line with Glen Sharpley and Jim Roberts.

In July 1978, Talafous signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers. He was steady defensive player and penalty killer for parts of four seasons with the club and played in the 1981 Canada Cup. He retired in 1982 after playing 29 games for New York.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 University of Wisconsin WCHA 37 10 24 34 42
1972-73 University of Wisconsin WCHA 38 18 31 49 34
1972-73 United States WEC-B 7 2 8 10
1973-74 University of Wisconsin WCHA 34 17 29 46 29
1974-75 Atlanta Flames NHL 18 1 4 5 13 -7
1974-75 Omaha Knights CHL 11 3 5 8 10
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 43 8 17 25 6 -17
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 18 30 48 18 -12
1976-77 United States Can-Cup 5 2 2 4 8
1976-77 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 22 27 49 10 -29 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 13 16 29 25 -16
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 68 13 16 29 29 +5
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 55 10 20 30 26 +1 5 1 2 3 9
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 50 13 17 30 28 +2 14 3 5 8 2
1981-82 United States Can-Cup 6 3 2 5 0
1981-82 New York Rangers DN-Cup 4 2 0 2
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 29 6 7 13 8 -3
1982-1984
1984-1985 St. Paul Vulcans USHL
1985-1990 University of Minnesota WCHA
1990-1996 U. of Wisconsin-River Falls NCAA-3
1996-2000 U. of Alaska Anchorage WCHA
NHL Totals 497 104 154 258 163 21 4 7 11 11


NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1973)
NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (1973)
Traded to Minnesota by Atlanta with Dwight Bialowas for Barry Gibbs, January 3, 1975. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 17, 1978.
Officially announced his retirement, December 30, 1981.
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