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Peter Dineen

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Status: Columbus Blue Jackets pro scout. Former NHL (Detroit, Los Angeles), American League (Maine, Moncton, Hershey, Binghamton, New Haven, Adirondack), and International League (San Diego) defenseman. Former director of player personnel of IHL's Houston Aeros.

DOB: Nov. 19, 1960 In: Kingston, Ont.

Hockey Inspirations: “My dad, being that he played and coached and won championships in the NHL, World Hockey Association.”

First Hockey Memory:
“Based on the fact my dad was playing in Quebec in the American Hockey League - growing up and watching his team play. And myself and all four of my other brothers all played hockey. We had an outdoor rink right next door to our house. So we were out there every day."

Nickname: "Pistol.”

Favorite Movies: “Probably Slapshot.”

Favorite Uniforms: “I've always liked Chicago.”

Last Book Read: “Trinity.”

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Probably windsurfing."

First Job: “Would be Houston, Texas, working at a rink.”

Current Car: “Jeep Cherokee.”

Favorite Arena To Play: “Probably the Hershey Park Arena in the American Hockey League. Lots of character, loud fans. Felt like they were right on top of you. And, likewise, Boston Garden - the one time I played there."

Greatest Sports Moment:
“Winning a Calder Cup in Adirondack in 1989.”

Most Painful Moment: “Probably losing the Calder Cup in my first year of pro (1981)."

Most Memorable Goal: “Few and far between. But probably that Calder Cup final, getting the game-tying goal.”

Embarrassing Career Memory: “Breaking my skate from a shot and trying to get off the ice with one skate. In Moncton."

Favorite Players To Watch: “I don't mind 91 on Tampa - Mr. Stamkos. Ovechkin. Rick Nash. And I should say No. 5 on Detroit (Lidstrom). He's the premier defenseman in the league."

Funny Memory: “In San Diego, Clark Donatelli walked by when Ron Duguay was fixing his hair in the mirror before a game. And Clark stopped and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ And Duguay said, ‘No spray, no play.’ ”

Closest Hockey Friends: “I would say Glenn Merkosky, scout for Detroit. John Blum - one of my old teammates.”

Funniest Players Encountered: "Probably a guy named Rob Nichols. And Rob Doyle, who I played with at Adirondack. They just were born characters. If they weren't hockey players, they would have been doing the comic scene. Rob Nichols would get under guys’ skin. He was a left-handed shot. If the guy was a right-handed shot, he'd go out on the ice and try to emulate the way the guy played. If the guy was a bad skater, he'd try and skate like him. In this era, they’d draw penalties as a result."

Toughest Competitors Encountered:
"Probably a guy I played with - Dave Brown. Dave is one of the toughest guys who ever played the game: 6-foot-5, left-handed, liked it. Dave started off in Maine, I was in my third year of pro. And he'd go around and ask, ‘Who is the toughest guy on the other team?’ And get a list of two or three and he'd just go and knock on the door. And Steve Martinson. Martinson led every league he ever played in - other than the NHL - in penalty minutes. And probably, pound for pound, one of the toughest guys I've ever played with. Real fierce competitor."

Strangest Game:
"Would be playing the Calder Cup semifinal against Hershey. Went into four overtimes. And just watching the last overtime, we couldn't move. And you knew it was going to be a matter of time. Actually, Adam Graves, who played with the Rangers, ended up getting the game-winner."

People Qualities Most Admired: “Of course, like most people, someone who's hard-working and honest and loyal."

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