Dean Evason enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Capitals, having helped direct the team to the 2007-08 Southeast Division championship as a member of Bruce Boudreau’s staff.
A 13-year NHL veteran and experienced coach in the junior ranks, the former Capital spent the 2004-05 season as co-coach of the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen. Along with co-coach Kelly Kisio, he helped lead the Hitmen to a 34-23-9-6 record and an appearance in the WHL playoffs, where they reached the second round.
Prior to joining Calgary, Evason was the head coach of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants for two seasons. He had a combined record of 59-61-14-10 with Vancouver, leading the Giants to their first winning season and playoff appearance in 2003-04.
Evason was the head coach of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers for three years before joining Vancouver, posting a 109-83-17-7 record from 1999 to 2002. His first junior coaching experience came as an assistant with the Calgary Hitmen during the 1999 playoffs, helping them capture the league championship. He also served as a player/coach for two seasons for Landshut of the German Hockey League in 1997-98 and ’98-99.
A native of Flin Flon, Manitoba, Evason is a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. He was drafted by the Capitals in the fifth round, 89th overall, in the 1982 Entry Draft and played 17 games over two seasons with Washington in 1983-84 and ’84-85. A center, Evason played 13 seasons in the NHL with Washington, Hartford, San Jose, Dallas and Calgary, recording 139 goals and 233 assists in 803 games.