Athlete | Hockey
Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016
Dean Arsene, an Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association product, carved out an accomplished 13-year pro career despite never having been drafted – either by the Western Hockey League, or the National Hockey League.
The rugged defenceman nevertheless became one of the most decorated American Hockey League players of his era. He won Calder Cup championships in 2006 and 2009 with the Hershey Bears, and wore the captain’s ‘C’ for five franchises: Hershey (2006-08), the Springfield Falcons (2009-10), the Peoria Rivermen (2010-11), the Portland Pirates (2011-12) and his hometown Abbotsford Heat (2013-14). Five team captaincies are believed to be an AHL record. Arsene also wore the ‘C’ during his junior days with the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice, and helped the team win the WHL championship in 1999-2000.
Arsene earned his way to the NHL, playing for 13 games with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2009-10 season.