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Dean Prentice
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
165 lb (75 kg)
Teams New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota North Stars
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born (1932-10-05)October 5, 1932,
Schumacher, ON, CAN
Pro Career 1952 – 1974

Dean Sutherland Prentice (born October 5, 1932 in Schumacher, Ontario) is a retired professional left wing who played in the National Hockey League for 22 seasons between 1952–53 and 1973–74. Over his NHL career, Dean played for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Minnesota North Stars.

Prentice started out in junior hockey with the Guelph Biltmores in 1950-51. The following season the team won the Memorial Cup.

He was brought up to the New York Rangers the next season. He played on a line with Andy Bathgate and Larry Popein which was the team's most successful unit. The Rangers, however, did not enjoy much success in these years.

Prentice was traded in 1962-63 to the Boston Bruins for Don McKenney and then went to the Detroit Red Wings in 1966 where he rejoined his old linemate Bathgate.

In 1969 he was picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins to again play alongside Bathgate. He played for that team for two years before being sold to the Minnesota North Stars.

In his last full NHL season (1972–73), Prentice scored 26 goals at the age of 40. He retired during the following season.

Prentice played 1378 career NHL games, scoring 391 goals and 469 assists for 860 points. In 54 playoff games, he scored 13 goals and 17 assists. In 1959-60 he was a second team all star.

He was the coach of the New Haven Nighthawks in 1974-75.

His brother, Eric, played 5 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1943–44 NHL season. He is to this day the youngest player to have ever played for the Leafs.


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