- The Washington Times - Monday, July 18, 2005


Dean Evason, a former Washington Capitals draft pick, has been added to the team’s coaching staff, filling a vacancy that has existed since Randy Carlyle resigned in 2004 to return as coach of the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League.

Evason will work with Jay Leach and David Prior as assistants under coach Glen Hanlon.

Evason was taken in the fifth round by the Caps in 1982 and spent two seasons in the Washington organization, playing 17 games, before he was traded to Hartford along with goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz for wing David Jensen. Jensen, a former U.S. Olympian, was extremely fast but was not a good fit for the NHL game.

A native of Flin Flon, Manitoba, the dot on the far north of a few maps that also produced Bobby Clarke, Evason would have been drafted much higher save for his lack of size in what was then becoming a big man’s game. Evason was highly skilled but only 5-foot-10, 180 pounds.

Evason had 22 goals and 59 points in 1986-87 for the Whalers, the best of his 12 NHL seasons. He also played for San Jose, Dallas and Calgary before spending two seasons in Germany.

The 40-year-old immediately turned to coaching upon retirement. He was coach of the Kamloops (British Columbia) Blazers in the Western Hockey League for three years before taking over the Vancouver Giants, a WHL expansion team, for two seasons. Last season he was co-coach (with general manager Kelly Kisio) of the Calgary Hitmen, also a WHL team.

Dave Fay

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