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Introduction

This page contains some stories of personal interactions they have had with Kevin Dineen.  I think they certainly show that Kevin Dineen is one of the nicest guys in sports (off the ice, that is).  If you have a story you would like to share and be put on this site, please email me.

Will's Story

The following is my story of meeting Kevin Dineen, and my subsequent letter to him.

I was in fourth or fifth grade (around 1988 or 1989), and went out for Halloween in Farmington, Connecticut. My group eventually arrived at what was rumored to be Joel Quennville’s house. At the door was a very friendly fellow who invited us in, gave us some candy, and patted us on the back as we left. It was only as we walked away from the house when I thought to myself, “boy, that guy looked a lot like Kevin Dineen.”  Every other Halloween after that I went out in my number 11 jersey in my “hockey player” costume, hoping that I might run into him again. I wasn’t so lucky, but it was a thrill for me to run into Mr. Dineen that first time.


I included that first story (almost word for word) in a letter I wrote to Mr. Dineen in 2005.   In the letter I asked him to sign a 3 by 5 index card for me that I wanted to mount with his picture.  Not only did he sign the card, but he included another autograph that he signed on a 1990-91 Topps card. (you can see both here).  It was really a nice gesture, and reaffirmed my believe that Mr. Dineen is one of the nicest guy in sports.

Walt's Story

Here is a story Walt of PNWSports emailed to me:

"I am about to tell you a true story that also made me a big fan of one of the nicest guys I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with.  Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s I was a hockey dealer in non-hockey town (Cleveland Ohio).  We were without a team from 1978 to 1992.  Then hockey finally came back and I got very involved in the community with the team.  They asked me to use my contacts to put together a "Hockey Heritage" weekend.  We had 45 guys come in for an entire weekend of festivities.  Bill Dineen (Kevin's father) was a player for the old AHL Cleveland Barons back in the 1950s and I tried to track him down.  I was having trouble finding him and wrote a letter to Kevin, whom at that time was playing for the Hartford Whalers.  The event came and went and I gave no further thought of it.  Then one day out of the blue comes a letter from Kevin.  He started by explaining that he only opened his mail a few times a year due to the sheer volume.  He sincerely apoligized for not getting back to me about his father.  He went on to tell me how he regretted not having told his father of the weekend and that if I was to ever put a weekend or any event together again, to give him a call collect.  He put his personal phone number on the letter and then added how he hoped our weekend was a success.  Not much of a story, but to me it just showed how much class Kevin Dineen had not only as a player, but as a man and a human being."

...and...

"Class guy.  Even though I live in Cleveland, my wife and I are season ticket holders for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  I give away more games to clients than what I attend myself, but the first two years of the franchise's existence, Kevin was the most popular player in Columbus - hands down!  Here's another little story about Dineen - my friend was attending a practice in Columbus and when it ended the players started leaving the ice.  Kevin stopped and talked to a husband and wife that had a child maybe 10 years old that couldn't walk.  Kevin took the kid over the boards and started skating him around the rink.  The other players stopped, came back onto the ice and skated around with the youngster as well.  Yep, he's in a class by himself!"

hbayne of Beckett.com

"I had the luxury of meeting Kevin Dineen and his father when they were with the Flyers many years ago.  Very nice people.  They took the time for their fans."