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 occasions.[1]

Bill Dineen
1957 Topps Bill Dineen.JPG
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 1953–1971

Playing careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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 -- the entirety of the team's existence -- where he coached Gordie Howe for four seasons and won two championships. After the Aeros disbanded, he was hired to coach the New England Whalers in 1978-79, but was fired late in the season. 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]

He was portrayed by Martin Cummins in the 2013 television film Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story.[4]

Personal life and deathEdit

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.[5]

Coaching recordEdit


Season Team League Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
1972–73 Houston Aeros WHA 78 39 35 4 82 2nd in West Lost in Division Finals
1973–74 Houston Aeros WHA 78 48 25 5 101 1st in West WHA Champions
1974–75 Houston Aeros WHA 78 53 25 0 106 1st in West WHA Champions
1975–76 Houston Aeros WHA 80 53 27 0 106 1st in West Lost in Finals
1976–77 Houston Aeros WHA 80 50 24 6 106 1st in West Lost in Division Finals
1977–78 Houston Aeros WHA 80 42 34 4 88 3rd in WHA Lost in Semifinals
1978–79 New England Whalers WHA 71 33 29 9 (83) 4th in WHA (fired)
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 56 24 23 9 57 6th in Patrick Missed Playoffs
1992–93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 84 36 37 11 83 5th in Patrick Missed Playoffs
NHL Totals 140 60 60 20 140


Season Team League Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
1983–84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 80 37 29 14 88 2nd in Northern Div. Lost in Quarterfinals
1984–85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 80 35 37 8 78 5th in Northern Div. Missed Playoffs
1985–86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 80 41 31 8 90 1st in Northern Div. AHL Champions
1986–87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 80 44 31 5 93 2nd in Northern Div. Lost in Semifinals
1987–88 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 80 42 27 11 99 3rd in Southern Div. Lost in Semifinals
1988–89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 80 47 27 6 100 1st in Southern Div. Calder Cup Champions


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  2. ^ Weekes, Don "Hardcore Hockey Trivia", Greystone Books, Vancouver, 2004
  3. ^ "WHA Hall of Fame Members". Archived from the original on January 15, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Graham Rockingham, "The ultimate hockey mom: Kathleen Robertson takes on the iconic role of Gordie Howe's wife, Colleen". Hamilton Spectator, April 27, 2013.
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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