Originally posted on New York Islanders Legends  |  Last updated 1/18/12
This is Gordie Dineen. He was named after none other than Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe. Gord's father Bill Dineen was a former teammate of Gordie Howe back with Detroit in the 1950s. Bill Dineen raised 5 boys who played pro hockey, including NHLers Peter and Kevin. Peter had a cup of coffee in the NHL, while Kevin was a very solid NHL player for many years.Gord Dineen was somewhere in between.Gord was the 42nd overall player drafted in the 1981 Entry Draft. The New York Islanders were in the midst of their great Stanley Cup dynasty years, and were looking to reload with young players like Dineen. Unfortunately for Gord, he cracked the team in the 1983-84 season - one season after the Islanders last Stanley Cup.Gord made favorable impressions that first year, often playing alongside the great Denis Potvin. He struggled to stay in the line up as a top four defenseman for the next couple of years, but finally found his niche by about 1986.Gord had to work real hard to improve his skating - ...
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