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CanadaKanada Dean Evason Eishockeyspieler
Dean Evason
Date of birth 22. August 1964
Birthplace Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada
Size 178 cm
Weight 79 kg
Position Center
Shot hand Links
Draft
NHL Entry Draft 1982, 5th round, 89th position
Washington Capitals
Career Stations
1980–1981 Cowichan Valley Capitals
1981 Spokane Flyers
1981–1984 Kamloops Junior Oilers
1984–1985 Washington Capitals
1985–1991 Hartford Whalers
1991–1993 San Jose Sharks
1993–1995 Dallas Stars
1995–1996 Calgary Flames
1996–1997 Hockey Canada
EV Zug
1997–1999 EV Landshut
CanadaKanada Dean Evason
Coaching stations
1999–2002 Kamloops Blazers
2002–2004 Vancouver Giants
2004–2005 Calgary Hitmen
2005–2012 Washington Capitals (Assistant Coach)
2012–2018 Milwaukee Admirals
since 2018 Minnesota Wild (Assistant & Interim Coach)

Dean Clement Evason (born August 22, 1964 in Flin Flon, Manitoba) is a former Canadian ice hockey player and current coach who played 858 games for the Washington Capitals, Hartford Whalers, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League at the center position during his active career between 1980 and 1999. Evason enjoyed his greatest career success while wearing the Canadian national team jersey, winning the gold medal at the 1997 World Championships. He has been an assistant coach with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild since June 2018, taking over as head coach in February 2020.

Career

Evason first played in the 1980/81 season in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League with the Cowichan Valley Capitals. At the end of the season he moved to the Western Hockey League, where he played for the Spokane Flyers and Kamloops Junior Oilers until 1984. In his final year, he was named to the league’s West First All-Star Team.

After being selected 89th overall in the fifth round by the Washington Capitals in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, the Capitals took him at the end of the 1983-84 season and used him in two games during the season. Evason spent the following season bouncing between the American Hockey League-affiliated farm team and the Caps’ NHL squad before being traded to the Hartford Whalers in March 1985. There he was part of the NHL regular squad until the end of the 1990-91 season, playing his best year in the 1986-87 season with 59 points from 80 games. The Canadian then moved to the newly formed San Jose Sharks in October 1991 in exchange for Dan Keczmer, where he stayed for two years. Further transfers to the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames followed.

For the 1996/97 season, he joined the Canadian national team, but also appeared in three games for EV Zug from the Swiss National League A. After his stint with the national team, he left for the 1997/98 season to join EV Landshut in the German Ice Hockey League, where he ended his career after the 1998/99 season.

After his playing career ended, Evason took over as head coach of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League in 1999/00, a position he held until the end of the 2001/02 season. He followed that up with a one-year stint as head coach of the Vancouver Giants in 2002-03, and during the 2004-05 season served as an assistant coach of the Calgary Hitmen, who, like Kamloops and Vancouver, were based in the WHL. Starting in the 2005-06 season, he was an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals in the NHL. First he assisted head coach Glen Hanlon, later he supported his successor Bruce Boudreau. For the 2012/13 season, he was hired by the Milwaukee Admirals from the American Hockey League as head coach.

Evason subsequently spent six years in Milwaukee until returning to the NHL as an assistant coach once again for the 2018/19 season, when he was hired by the Minnesota Wild. There, he took over as interim head coach in February 2020 following the firing of Bruce Boudreau and was given a permanent two-year contract for the position in the summer of 2020.

International

Evason first played for the Canadian national team at the 1984 World Junior Championship, but only finished fourth. With the senior national team, Evason spent the entire 1996/97 season with the exception of three games for EV Zug of Switzerland’s National League A. This included participation in the 1997 World Championship, where the team won the gold medal.

Successes and awards

  • 1984 President’s Cup win with the Kamloops Junior Oilers
  • 1984 WHL West First All-Star Team
  • 1997 Gold medal at the world championship

Career Statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League Sp T V Pkt SM Sp T V Pkt SM
1980/81 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCJHL 50 20 51 71 39 – – – – – – – – – –
1980/81 Spokane Chiefs WHL 3 1 1 2 0 – – – – – – – – – –
1981/82 Spokane Chiefs WHL 26 8 14 22 65 – – – – – – – – – –
1981/82 Kamloops Junior Oilers WHL 44 21 55 76 47 4 2 1 3 0
1982/83 Kamloops Junior Oilers WHL 70 71 93 164 102 7 5 7 12 18
1983/84 Kamloops Junior Oilers WHL 57 49 88 137 89 17 21 20 41 33
1984 Kamloops Junior Oilers Memorial Cup 4 2 2 4 0
1983/84 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 0 0 0 – – – – – – – – – –
1984/85 Washington Capitals NHL 15 3 4 7 2 – – – – – – – – – –
1984/85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 65 27 49 76 38 8 3 5 8 9
1984/85 Hartford Whalers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 – – – – – – – – – –
1985/86 Binghamton Whalers AHL 26 9 17 26 29 – – – – – – – – – –
1985/86 Hartford Whalers NHL 55 20 28 48 65 10 1 4 5 10
1986/87 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 22 37 59 67 5 3 2 5 35
1987/88 Hartford Whalers NHL 77 10 18 28 115 6 1 1 2 2
1988/89 Hartford Whalers NHL 67 11 17 28 60 4 1 2 3 10
1989/90 Hartford Whalers NHL 78 18 25 43 138 7 2 2 4 22
1990/91 Hartford Whalers NHL 75 6 23 29 170 6 0 4 4 29
1991/92 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 11 15 26 99 – – – – – – – – – –
1992/93 San Jose Sharks NHL 84 12 19 31 132 – – – – – – – – – –
1993/94 Dallas Stars NHL 80 11 33 44 66 9 0 2 2 12
1994/95 Dallas Stars NHL 47 8 7 15 48 5 1 2 3 12
1995/96 Calgary Flames NHL 67 7 7 14 38 3 0 1 1 0
1996/97 Team Canada International 56 25 46 71 106
1996/97 EV Zug NLA 3 0 1 1 2 4 0 2 2 4
1997/98 EV Landshut DEL 42 8 22 30 38 6 0 3 3 18
1998/99 EV Landshut DEL 45 13 25 38 76 3 0 1 1 2
WHL total 200 150 251 401 303 28 28 28 56 51
AHL total 91 36 66 102 67 8 3 5 8 9
NHL total 803 139 233 372 1000 55 9 20 29 132
DEL total 87 21 47 68 114 9 0 4 4 20

International

Represented Canada at:

  • Junior World Championship 1984
  • World Championship 1997
Year Team Event Result Sp T V Pkt SM
1984 Canada June World Cup 4. Place 7 6 3 9 0
1997 Canada WM 1. Platz, Gold 11 2 3 5 20
Juniors total 7 6 3 9 0
Men total 11 2 3 5 20

(Legend to player statistics: Sp or GP = games played; T or G = goals scored; V or A = assists scored; Pkt or Pts = scorer points scored; SM or PIM.= penalty minutes received; +/- = plus/minus balance; PP = overpaid goals scored; SH = underpaid goals scored; GW = winning goals scored; 1 play-downs/relegation)

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