Dineen's road to redemption
I've said it before, but I'll say it again here: I'm impressed with the Columbus Dispatch's NHL coverage this summer.
Yesterday's column by reporter Michael Arace is another excellent piece, this one about Kevin Dineen, a former Blue Jackets player who was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in early June.
As Arace points out, Dineen — currently the head coach of the AHL's Portland Pirates — knows all too well the dangers involved with driving under the influence:
It happened in Raleigh, N.C., on May 3, 1999, only hours after Dineen and the Carolina Hurricanes were eliminated from the playoffs. Canes defenseman Steve Chiasson, legally drunk, was killed when his truck swerved off a rural road and flipped.Kudos to Arace and Dispatch sports editor Ray Stein for working to provide some great coverage in one of the NHL's newest markets.
Chiasson had just left a small gathering of veteran players at a teammate’s house. Dineen was there, and he was trying to arrange a ride for Chiasson. But Chiasson slipped out and opted to drive himself the five miles to his house.
Dineen was called to the crash scene, identified Chiasson’s body and, with two other players, delivered the news to Chiasson’s wife. Dineen gave the eulogy at the funeral.
"You would think," Dineen said, "after what I’ve been through, that I’d be a guy who should know better."