Bill Dineen

William Patrick "Foxy" Dineen (September 18, 1932 – December 10, 2016) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and head coach. Throughout his career, he was traded for Bob Bailey on three separate occasions.[1]

Bill Dineen
Born (1932-09-18)September 18, 1932
Arvida, Quebec, Canada
Died December 10, 2016(2016-12-10) (aged 84)
Queensbury, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Black Hawks
Buffalo Bisons
Cleveland Barons
Rochester Americans
Quebec Aces
Seattle Totems
Playing career 19531971

Playing career

He began his career by playing 2 seasons for the St. Michael's Majors of the OHL. He spent 5 years playing for the Detroit Red Wings from 1954-1958. He won 2 Stanley Cups with the team in 1954 and 1955. He later played briefly for the Chicago Black Hawks. After 1958, however, he spent the rest of his playing career in the minor leagues with various teams including the Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Barons, Rochester Americans, Quebec Aces, Seattle Totems, and the Denver Spurs.

Coaching career

After his retirement as a player Dineen went into coaching. He spent six years behind the bench of the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association, where he coached Gordie Howe for four seasons and won two championships. In six years with the Adirondack Red Wings he was twice named the American Hockey League's coach of the year and won two Calder Cup titles. He was later named head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1992 where he got to coach his son Kevin. He was the oldest rookie coach in the history of the NHL.[2] He was fired by the Flyers after 1993.


In 2010, he was elected as an inaugural inductee into the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame.[3]

Personal life and death

Three of his sons Gordon, Peter, and Kevin also played in the NHL. Bill Dineen died on December 10, 2016 in Queensbury, New York at the age of 84.[4]

Coaching record


SeasonTeamLeagueRegular seasonPost season
GWLTPtsDivision rankResult
1972–73Houston AerosWHA 7839354822nd in WestLost in Division Finals
1973–74Houston AerosWHA 78482551011st in WestWHA Champions
1974–75Houston AerosWHA 78532501061st in WestWHA Champions
1975–76Houston AerosWHA 80532701061st in WestLost in Finals
1976–77Houston AerosWHA 80502461061st in WestLost in Division Finals
1977–78Houston AerosWHA 8042344883rd in WHALost in Semifinals
1978–79New England WhalersWHA 7133299(83)4th in WHA(fired)
1991–92Philadelphia FlyersNHL 5624239576th in PatrickMissed Playoffs
1992–93Philadelphia FlyersNHL 84363711835th in PatrickMissed Playoffs
NHL Totals140606020140


SeasonTeamLeagueRegular seasonPost season
GWLTPtsDivision rankResult
1983–84Adirondack Red WingsAHL 80372914882nd in Northern Div.Lost in Quarterfinals
1984–85Adirondack Red WingsAHL 8035378785th in Northern Div.Missed Playoffs
1985–86Adirondack Red WingsAHL 8041318901st in Northern Div.AHL Champions
1986–87Adirondack Red WingsAHL 8044315932nd in Northern Div.Lost in Semifinals
1987–88Adirondack Red WingsAHL 80422711993rd in Southern Div.Lost in Semifinals
1988–89Adirondack Red WingsAHL 80472761001st in Southern Div.Calder Cup Champions


Preceded by
Paul Holmgren
Head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
Succeeded by
Terry Simpson
Preceded by
Harry Neale
Head coach of the New England Whalers
Succeeded by
Don Blackburn
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