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Harbour Grace loses a hockey legend: Dick Power dead at 75


Well-known Newfoundland hockey player and respected coach Dick Power died Monday at Carbonear General Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Power, 75, is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth (Liz), daughters Danita and Libby (Brad), and grandson Shane.

For close to four decades, Power was manager of S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace. During that time, he was a coach in the local minor hockey system.

Throughout his years as a coach, Power helped developed a system based on the fundamentals of the game, along with a focus on respect for coaches, players, officials and volunteers. It’s a program that produced successful players in the pro, major junior, collegiate, provincial junior and provincial senior ranks, the most notable being Danny Cleary, the first-ever Stanley Cup winner from Newfoundland and Labrador.

As a coach, Power was about more than just teaching the game on the ice. He taught players the importance of having respect for others and being a good person.

"(Power) was like a second father," former player Andrew Drover told The Compass in 2015. "If you weren't doing good in math, he asked why you weren't doing well."

Power wasn’t just a successful coach. He was a star as a player as well.

His playing career started with the junior club in his hometown of Bell Island from 1957 to 1959 and continued with St. Pat’s in St. John’s in 1960-61. In 1961, Power captained the St. John’s Capitals to the provincial junior title.

Then it was on to the provincial senior circuit where he helped the Corner Brook Royals to a Herder Memorial championship in 1962. He spent 1963-1967 playing with Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander, and finished his playing career as a player-coach with the CeeBees.

Power was inducted into the provincial Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

A celebration of life will take place on Friday at S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. That will be followed by a service at 4 p.m.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

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