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Dineen named to AHL Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The league announced its four-person Class of 2014 to be inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame, and the class includes former Adirondack Red Wings coach Bill Dineen.

The other inductees are Al MacNeil, Bob Perreault and John Slaney.

“The achievements and contributions of these four individuals throughout their American Hockey League careers make them an integral part of the fabric of our storied history,” AHL president and CEO David Andrews said in a news release. “The AHL Board of Governors is proud to unanimously approve the selection committee’s recommendation for their induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame.”

The inductees will be honored as part of the All-Star celebration in St. John's, N.L., Feb. 12, 2014.

Dineen, a native of Arvida, Que., played five seasons in the NHL, hoisting the Stanley Cup twice with the Detroit Red Wings. He also played in two Calder Cup Finals, in 1959 and 1964.

He coached in the Western Hockey League and World Hockey Association, winning championships in both, before coaching the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings in Glens Falls, beginning in 1983. In 1985 and '86, he was named the AHL's outstanding coach, winning the Louis A.R. Pieri Award. He led Adirondack to Calder Cup titles in 1986 and 1989.

Adding another hat to his hat rack, he served as Adirondack's general manager in the 1989-90 season and later became head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

His sons Shawn, Peter, Gord, Kevin and Jerry all have played and/or coached in the AHL.

As a player, Dineen had 271 points in 391 AHL games. As an AHL coach, he was 246-182-52 and is one of 12 coaches to win more than one Calder Cup, one of two to earn the Pieri Award in consecutive seasons.

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