Grizzlies Host Hartford Tonight; Gord Dineen's Jersey to be Retired
WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH - One of the all-time greats for the Utah Grizzlies, Gord Dineen, will have his #2 jersey retired tonight at the 'E' Center when the Grizzlies host the Hartford Wolf Pack. Face-off is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
Dineen played parts of six seasons between 1994 and 2000 with the Grizzlies winning back-to-back Turner Cups in 1995 with the Denver Grizzlies and in 1996 with the Utah Grizzlies. In 440 career games with Utah, Dineen scored 19 goals with 147 assists ranking him as the top scoring Grizzlies defenseman and fourth overall on the franchises point list.
The Toronto native played in 528 NHL games during his 18-year professional career scoring 16 goals with 90 assists and 695 penalty minutes.
Since retiring, Dineen has made strides in the coaching ranks leading two East Coast Hockey League franchises, Macon (2001-02) and Richmond (2002-03), and serving as the assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Louisville Panthers (2000-01). Currently, Dineen serves as the assistant coach of the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.
The 2003-04 version of the Grizzlies will be beginning a six-game home stand tonight against Hartford, a team Utah defeated in early December 4-2 in Connecticut. The Wolf Pack will remain in town and challenge the Grizzlies again on Monday afternoon (Martin Luther King Day) at 1:00 PM.
Hartford (22-12-6-1) is the top team in the Atlantic Division and is without a loss in their last six games (4-0-2). They are led by goaltender Jason LaBarbera who comes into play tonight with a 15-5-5 record and a 1.58 goals against average.
Utah (14-21-4-3) is scratching away in the West Division trailing both San Antonio and Houston by four points for the fifth and final playoff spot in the division.
Tonight's game will also be the second annual Guns N Hoses night at the 'E' Center. The police will play the firemen in a 2:00 PM start at the 'E' Center with proceeds from ticket sales going to the University of Utah of Burn Camp.
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