Billy Dea first skated onto the ice with the Buffalo Bisons on Oct. 8, 1958. He played in their next 548 games, routinely scoring more than 25 goals per year in the process.
His ironman status and stats earned him induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame on Monday.
Dea was part of a four-man class honored during AHL All-Star festivities in Allentown, Pa. The winger spent nine seasons with the Bisons and holds the AHL record for most consecutive games played. He led the Bisons to three Calder Cup appearances, including the championship in 1963.
Dea totaled 641 games with Buffalo, recording 241 goals and 482 points. He joined Buffalo in 1958-59 after playing for the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. He topped 30 goals three times with the Bisons, setting a career high with 35 in 1960-61, and surpassed 20 every season.
The Edmonton native returned to the NHL with Chicago, Pittsburgh and Detroit after leaving Buffalo.