October 11, 2013

Pirates assistant to be honored

From staff reports

Portland Pirates assistant coach John Slaney is among the four men who will be inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2014.

Slaney, who is in his third season with the Pirates, will join Bill Dineen, Al MacNeil and Bob Perreault during ceremonies that are scheduled for Feb. 12 during the annual AHL All-Star Classic in St. John's, Newfoundland.

A first-round pick of the Washington Capitals in 1990, Slaney became the first AHL defensemen to make it to 500 career points.

He twice received the Eddie Shore Award as the league's top defenseman.

Dineen, the father of the former Portland Pirates coach, Kevin Dineen, twice received the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL's outstanding coach while he was with the Adirondack Red Wings.

MacNeil, a defenseman who played in more than 500 NHL games, guided the old Nova Scotia Voyageurs to four 100-point seasons during his seven seasons as coach.

Perreault, who died in 1980 at the age 49, was one of only two goalies to win four Calder Cups during his career.


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