Gary Dineen Legacy
The 2nd Annual Gary Dineen Legacy Golf Ball Drop and Pre-Season Cookout will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at Sonny’s Place in Somers, Connecticut. The Golf Ball Drop will take place at approximately 6:30 PM.
Numbered golf balls (up to a maximum of 2,000) will be dropped from a helicopter for a chance to win a $25,000 Grand Prize for the ball landing closest to the pin!!!  There will be eleven runner-up prizes based on distance from pin!!!
Grand Prize - $25,000
2nd Prize - $10,000
3rd Prize - Ten $1,000 winners
Golf Balls = $100/each

Winners need not be present. All tickets will be sold prior to the 2nd Annual Gary Dineen Legacy Golf Ball Drop and Pre-Season Cookout. Prize money will be provided by numbered golf ball sales.

All proceeds from the Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser will go to the 501(c)3 Gary Dineen Legacy, Inc. (EIN 04-2518071), with a portion designated to the Gary Dineen Memorial Scholarship Fund. A majority of funds will go to offset program costs for Mass/Conn United and its programs. Click HERE to learn more about Mass/Conn United.  Proceeds directed to the Gary Dineen Memorial Scholarship Fund will be used to fund “needs-based” aid for our families.

All current Mass/Conn United families are invited to the 2nd Annual Gary Dineen Legacy Golf Ball Drop and Pre-Season Cookout.  In addition, each golf ball purchased entitles one person entry to the event.  Additional guests may purchase tickets for $25.00 by clicking  .


2016 Winners!!!



Gary Dineen, St. Michael's - OHA-Jr.


Gary Dineen played for Hockey Hall of Fame coach Father David Bauer with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors, and won the prestigious Memorial Cup with the Majors in 1961 and again in 1964 with the Toronto Marlboros. He was a member of the Canadian Olympic team in 1964 and 1968, leading the team in scoring during his first Olympics. He went on to play in the Minnesota North Stars organization and finished his playing career with the American Hockey League Springfield Kings in 1971.

After his time with the Kings, Coach Dineen settled in West Springfield, Massachusetts and, together with local businessman Stuart Duncan, formed what would become one of the most respected amateur hockey programs in the United States.  Coach Dineen was at the helm of one of the most successful amateur hockey organizations in the United States for almost three decades before his passing in 2006. His program, originally called the Springfield Olympics, has endured name changes to the Jr. Whalers, Jr. Coyotes, and now Mass/Conn United, and has been responsible for shaping the lives of many young hockey players.

During his time running the organization, Coach Dineen provided an environment conducive to academic development, supervised athletic activity and family life.

More than 320 players have moved on from the program to play hockey at some of the finest colleges and universities in the United States.  Thirty-three former players have gone on to professional careers, most notably Bill Guerin, Scott Lachance, Chris Clark, Mike Komisarek and Ron Hainsey. Coach Dineen also helped develop and place many former players into the coaching and administrative ranks, including Dean Lombardi, (Los Angeles Kings, President and General Manager); Jim Mill, (American Hockey League, former Executive Vice President); Rick Bennett, (Union College, Head Coach); Brian Durocher, (Boston University, Women’s Head Coach) and many, many more.  In addition to Coach Dineen’s impact at the professional and college levels, several former players have gone on to coach youth hockey, including several with Mass/Conn United.

Gary Dineen was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame, in addition to being honored with the USA Hockey President’s Award and the American Hockey Coaches Association's "Snooks Kelley Award".


Gary Dineen Legacy, Inc. (formerly New England Jr. Falcons Hockey Club, Inc.) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is responsible for all organizational fundraising initiatives of the Mass/Conn United youth hockey programs, which include the Connecticut Jr. Huskies, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, Springfield Jr. Thunderbirds, New England Jr. Falcons and Gary Dineen Hockey School.


The mission of these programs is to provide young student-athletes with an environment conducive to their athletic, academic and social development and to promote a forum for structured, supervised activity which promotes health, well-being, team spirit and good sportsmanship.

For more information on Mass/Conn United and its programs, click HERE.



        Frank Mahovlich, Carl Brewer, Gary, Dave Keon with Father Bauer                    Gary scores GWG against Team USA in 1965 World Campionships                          Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich, Carl Brewer with Gary

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