Kevin Dineen has been in the NHL for more than 20 years as a player and coach and had never won the Stanley Cup until last season.
Dineen, an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks who lives in Warren County, N.Y., on Monday spent his day with the Cup at Saratoga Race Course. Fans were able to take a picture with the Cup for a $10 donation to Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch, a camp for children with life-threatening and serious illnesses.
The second race Monday was named for Double H Ranch and the Cup was taken to the winner’s circle for a special presentation, The Saratogian reported.
Dineen, 51, played 19 seasons as a forward in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets and had 355 goals and 769 points in 1,188 games. He coached the Florida Panthers for parts of three seasons from 2011-14.
He coached the Canada women's national team to a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the Canada Under-18 national team to a bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U-18 World Championship.
His father, Bill Dineen, won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings as a player in 1954 and 1955.
"This is as much about Dad as it is about me," Kevin told the newspaper. "Once you win the Cup, you realize how hard it is to get it. That's what makes you want to share it with family and friends. It’s fabulous."