THE BILL DINEEN FILE:
Born: September 18, 1932
Position: Right Wing
NHL games played: 323 (282 with Red Wings)
1954-55 stats: 69 GP; 10 G; 9 A; 36 PM
CAREER: Goals: 51; Assists: 44; PM: 122
The term “he’s a winner” is overused, but it fits Bill Dineen. And he did his winning in twos.
Dineen, a right winger, won two Stanley Cups as a player. He won two WHA championships as a coach, and won two AHL championships while coaching the Adirondack Red Wings.
That’s a winner.
The only time Dineen stumbled was when he coached the Philadelphia Flyers in the early-1990s. He was fired after two seasons.
The Dineen family is one of many in NHL history that is multi-generational. Bill’s three sons—Gordon, Peter and Kevin—all played in the NHL as well.
With the Red Wings in 1954-55, Bill Dineen played in all but one regular season game and chipped in 10 goals to the team’s cause. He played all 11 playoff games but only registered one assist.
Dineen was close to teammate Gordie Howe and that relationship helped inspire Howe to come out of retirement and join the WHA’s Houston Aeros in 1973, a team coached by Dineen. Together, Dineen and the Howe family (sons Mark and Marty had already signed with Houston when Gordie suggested a “third Howe”) won two Avco Cups in Houston.
Dineen rejoined the Red Wings organization in 1983, coaching the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings. While there, Dineen captured two more championships (1986 and 1989).
Some fun trivia about Bill Dineen: 1) in his NHL career, he was traded three times for RW Bob Bailey; 2) and when he was named coach of the Flyers in 1991, he became the oldest rookie coach in NHL history.
NEXT WEEK: Bob Goldham, one of the best stay-at-home defensemen to ever wear the Winged Wheel.