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Born August 25, 1953 (1953-08-25) (age 56),
Duluth, MN, U.S.
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Winger
Pro clubs New York Rangers
Minnesota North Stars
Atlanta Flames
NHL Draft 53rd overall, 1973
Atlanta Flames
WHA Draft 13th overall, 1973
Cincinnati Stingers
Career 1974 – 1982

Dean Charles Talafous (born August 25, 1953 in Duluth, Minnesota) is a retired ice hockey right winger. He played 497 NHL regular season games in 1974–82 for the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and the Atlanta Flames.



Talafous played for the Wisconsin Badgers where he helped the team win a National Championship in 1973, where he was named the MVP.

NHL career

Drafted 53rd overall by the Atlanta Flames in the 1973 NHL Entry Draft after helping the Wisconsin Badgers win the NCAA title. He played 18 games for the Flames before being traded to the Minnesota North Stars. In international hockey he played for the United States in the 1976 Canada Cup and 1981 Canada Cup. In 1978 Talafous signed on as a free agent with the New York Rangers. He retired from playing in 1982 after only playing 29 games for New York that season.



  • Head of player development - [ Hudson Crusaders ] [ MJHL ]
  • Head Coach - Bloomington Junior Stars USHL

College Coach (20 years)


Currently Talafous lives in Hudson Wisconsin and runs Total Hockey Training, a hockey training company.


  • NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team - 1973
  • NCAA MVP - 1973

International play




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