Passing: Bill Dineen
A Journey into Hockey
Bill Dineen, the hockey icon who made a name for playing and coaching on championship teams in the NHL and WHA died on December 10. He was 84.
Dineen, born in Arvida, Quebec, played 324 games in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, winning two Stanley Cup championships in Detroit alongside Howe. Dineen made more of an impact as a player in the AHL, where he was a four-time 20-goal scorer over six seasons with Buffalo, Cleveland, Rochester and Quebec.
Dineen went into coaching after retiring as a player, taking the reins of the WHA’s Houston Aeros for six years starting in the 1972-73 season. He helped the Aeros win Avco Cup titles in 1974 and 1975 with teams featuring Gordie, with whom he had played in Stanley Cup teams and Gordie's sons Mark and Marty.