Dean Evason

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Dean Evason
Born (1964-08-22) August 22, 1964 (age 49)
Flin Flon, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Washington Capitals
Hartford Whalers
San Jose Sharks
Dallas Stars
Calgary Flames
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 89th overall, 1982
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1983–1999

Dean C. Evason (born August 22, 1964 in Flin Flon, Manitoba and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian former National Hockey League player who is currently the head coach for the Milwaukee Admirals. Evason is perhaps best known as the captain of the Canadian gold medal winning team at the 1997 IIHF World Championship.

Playing career[edit]

Selected by the Capitals in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Evason played in the NHL from 1983 to 1996 for the Capitals, Hartford Whalers, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, and Calgary Flames. He also played in Switzerland, for the Canadian National Team, and in the German Hockey League before retiring as an active player. In 803 NHL games, playing primarily as a defensive-minded forward, he had 139 goals and 233 assists.

Coaching career[edit]

Prior to joining the Capitals as an assistant coach, Evason spent many years in the Western Hockey League in various coaching capacities, starting in 1999 as an assistant with the Calgary Hitmen. He then became the head coach of the Kamloops Blazers from 1999 to 2002 and the Vancouver Giants from 2002 to 2004. He returned to the Hitmen for the 2004–05 season as a co-coach.

International career[edit]

Evason first played for Canada at the 1984 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships while in the midst of a terrific campaign for the Kamloops Junior Oilers. His selection to the squad was somewhat of a surprise,[1] but he proved to be a productive player, recording 6 goals and 9 points in 7 games for the fourth-place Canadian squad.[1] The Canadians narrowly missed out on a medal to the third-place Czechoslovakian team, losing 6-4 in their match against them that decided the medals. It would be thirteen additional years before Evason was again selected to represent his country.

His next and final opportunity occurred in 1997 when Canadian national team coach Andy Murray offered him a spot on the roster and the captaincy in exchange for playing a full season for the-then full-time national team.[2] Evason was the only non-NHL player on the Canadian roster that went on to win their first gold medal at the tournament in three years over Sweden in the finals, scoring 2 goals and 5 points in 11 games over the tournament.[2]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 1997 Finland

Awards and achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joyce, Gare, ed. Hockey Canada: Thirty Years of Going for Gold at the World Juniors. Toronto ON: Penguin Group (Canada), 2011. 18-21. Print.
  2. ^ Joyce, Gare, ed. Hockey Canada: Thirty Years of Going for Gold at the World Juniors. Toronto ON: Penguin Group (Canada), 2011. 18-21. Print.

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