Wednesday, August 16, 2006

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.

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."
Kudos to Arace and Dispatch sports editor Ray Stein for working to provide some great coverage in one of the NHL's newest markets.


At 9:49 a.m., August 16, 2006, Blogger Drew said...

For most of the summer, the dispatch has done well. The last two weeks have not been as great. There was the Dineen article, and a blurb about Malkin last Sunday.

I've been looking for updates on the Zherdev contract situation, but they're not giving up anything (which I know probably means there isn't anything).

Overall, I'm glad we have decent coverage here. Hopefully it will continue to educate the fans and make us an even better hockey city.

At 2:22 p.m., August 16, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

I still clearly remember when that happened. The Canes have a Chaisson jersey in the walkway going out to the ice.

At 5:15 p.m., August 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arace works hard at covering the Jackets. The editors need to open up more space in the sports section for him and cohort Portzline year-round.

At 7:50 p.m., August 16, 2006, Blogger Doogie2K said...

Technically, he was charged with driving under the influence for being fatigued, not drunk. It's an important distinction.

I forgot that drunk driving was what killed Steve Chaisson. I was wondering about that the other day when I was watching some random YouTube clip involving the Wings from a ways back.


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