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Bill Dineen (1932-2016)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.Bill Dineen, a member of the American Hockey League Hall of Fame and the patriarch of one of hockey’s most recognizable families, passed away early Saturday at his home in Lake George, N.Y.

He was 84.

“During his time as a player and coach, and in the values he instilled in his family, Bill Dineen created a legacy of greatness in the American Hockey League that still resonates today,” said David Andrews, AHL President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Dineen family at this time.”

During six seasons as head coach of the Adirondack Red Wings, Dineen compiled a record of 246-182-52 and twice won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach, earning the honor in 1985 and again in 1986. He also led the Red Wings to Calder Cup championships in 1986 and 1989, and went on to serve as the club’s general manager in 1989-90.

He settled with his family in the Adirondack region, and his sons Shawn, Peter, Gord, Kevin and Jerry all went on to play and/or coach in the AHL. Gord Dineen is currently the associate coach of the Toronto Marlies.

As a player, Dineen was a four-time 20-goal scorer over six AHL seasons with Buffalo, Cleveland, Rochester and Quebec, and made appearances in the Calder Cup Finals in 1959 and 1964. He tallied 271 points in 391 AHL games during his playing career.

In recognition of his outstanding career, Dineen was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2014.

In addition to his AHL accolades, Dineen played 324 games in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, winning two Stanley Cup championships in Detroit, and later coached the Philadelphia Flyers from 1991-93. He also won three other league titles as a head coach, with the Western Hockey League’s Denver Spurs (1972) and the World Hockey Association’s Houston Aeros (1974, 1975), and was twice named the WHA’s coach of the year (1977, 1978).

Donations in Dineen’s memory may be made to Double H Ranch, 97 Hidden Lake Road, Lake Luzerne, N.Y. 12846, or at www.doublehranch.org