Born: Don Mills, Ont.
Date: Sept. 27, 1980
Resides: North Bay, Ont.
John Dean joined the North Bay Battalion as an assistant coach on July 7, 2014 and was promoted to lead assistant coach in May 2016, replacing the departing Ryan Oulahen who left to become the head coach of the Flint Firebirds.
A 36-year-old from Toronto who began his Ontario Hockey League playing career with the North Bay Centennials, Dean initially replaced John Goodwin who left the Battalion after one season to become an assistant coach with the Kingston Frontenacs.
Prior to joining the Battalion, Dean spent six seasons as a coach in the North York Rangers organization including the last three as head coach of the club’s Jr. A team.
Dean spent four seasons as a left winger with the Centennials, where he was a longtime teammate of fellow Battalion assistant coach Steve Chabbert, beginning in 1997-98. He scored 20 goals and added 29 assists for 49 points in 179 games and finished his OHL career in 2000-01 with the Mississauga IceDogs, recording three points, including one goal, in seven games. Dean moved on to the Thornhill Rattlers that season, helping that team with an Ontario Provincial League title and a berth in the Royal Bank Cup at Flin Flon, Man.
Dean began his professional career in 2001-02 and played three seasons in the Central Hockey League for the Amarillo Rattlers, later the Gorillas, producing 44 goals and 49 assists for 93 points in 191 games.
After retiring from pro hockey in 2004, Dean attended York University where he earned a degree in marketing.