William Fraser "Billy" Dea - Born April 3, 1933 in Edmonton, Alberta is a Canadian retired ice Hockey centre, coach and scout.
Dea made his NHL debut with the New York Rangers on October 8, 1953 vs the Detroit Red Wings at The Olympia in a 4-1 Detroit win.
Dea scored his 1st NHL goal vs Al Rollins of the Chicago Black Hawks on November 7, 1953 at 9:50 of the 1st period at Chicago Stadium in 3-1 Rangers win.
After playing in the National Hockey League with New York, Detroit and Chicago, Dea made his AHL debut with the Buffalo Bisons on Oct. 8, 1958. Over the next eight seasons, Dea played in every single one of the Bisons’ contests, breaking Bill Needham’s league ironman record on Christmas night in 1965. Dea finally missed a game on Feb. 12, 1966, ending the streak at an amazing 548 straight (plus 48 more in the playoffs) – a mark that may never be broken.
- Calder Cup Champion 1963 with Buffalo Bisons
Calder Cup finalist 1959, 1962 with Buffalo Bisons.
Billy Dea was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2017