Dennis Hextall (born April 17, 1943) is a former professional hockey forward who spent most of his career with the Minnesota North Stars and Detroit Red Wings. He is the son of Bryan Hextall, brother of Bryan Hextall Jr., uncle of Ron Hextall and sportscaster Leah Hextall, and great-uncle of AHL player Brett Hextall.
April 17, 1943|
Poplar Point, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Los Angeles Kings
California Golden Seals
Minnesota North Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Hextall was born in Poplar Point, a community 33 km northeast of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, in 1943.
Hextall played two years at the University of North Dakota, then played briefly in the Eastern Hockey League, Central Professional Hockey League, and American Hockey League (AHL). He broke into the NHL with the New York Rangers during the 1968 playoffs. Over the next few years he jumped back and forth between the AHL and NHL, spending time with the Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and California Golden Seals. In 1972 he secured a spot with the Minnesota North Stars, for whom he played five seasons. He then spent four seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and two more with the Washington Capitals. In thirteen NHL seasons he played 681 games and recorded 153 goals, 350 assists, 503 points, and 1398 penalty minutes.
Hextall is currently on the board of directors of the Detroit Red Wings alumni team, and is active in its efforts to raise money for children's charities in Metro Detroit. He is also the coaching director for the Victory Honda AAA hockey club. In September 2009, Hextall was named the President and Commissioner of the International Hockey League, a mid-level minor hockey league based in the northern Midwestern United States.
Awards and honours
|All-WCHA Second Team||1964–65|
|All-WCHA First Team||1965–66|
|1961–62||Brandon Wheat Kings||MJHL||39||11||18||29||24||9||0||3||3||4|
|1961–62||Brandon Wheat Kings||M-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||11||2||3||5||9|
|1962–63||Brandon Wheat Kings||MJHL||39||21||46||67||17||19||16||10||26||12|
|1962–63||Brandon Wheat Kings||M-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||9||5||6||11||8|
|1963–64||University of North Dakota||WCHA||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1964–65||University of North Dakota||WCHA||33||17||36||53||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|1965–66||University of North Dakota||WCHA||30||19||29||48||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1967–68||New York Rangers||NHL||—||—||—||—||—||2||0||0||0||0|
|1968–69||New York Rangers||NHL||13||1||4||5||25||—||—||—||—||—|
|1969–70||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||28||5||7||12||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|1970–71||California Golden Seals||NHL||78||21||31||52||217||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||33||6||10||16||49||7||0||2||2||19|
|1972–73||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||78||30||52||82||140||6||2||0||2||16|
|1973–74||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||78||20||62||82||138||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974–75||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||80||17||57||74||147||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||59||11||35||46||93||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||17||5||9||14||71||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||78||14||32||46||158||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977–78||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||78||16||33||49||195||7||1||1||2||10|
|1978–79||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||20||4||8||12||33||—||—||—||—||—|
- Notable families in the NHL
- "Detroit Red Wings Alumni Team Roster". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Detroit Red Wings captain