The Legend of Danky Dorrington

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Updated: January 16, 2014
Frank Danky Dorrington | Newfoundland Hockey Talk

Newfoundland Senior Hockey lost a legend when Frank “Danky” Dorrington passed away on March 11, 2013.  He played a total of 340 games in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League and collected 349 goals with 529 assists for a total of 878 points.  His offensive output saw him capture the scoring race three times and be runner-up four times.  Dorrington was a leader and he showed his leadership throughout his career.

After joining the Corner Brook Royals in 1961, he helped lead them to the playoffs for seven consecutive years as both a coach and a player.  His performance was a key to the Royals having playoff appearances for seven straight seasons where they collected the provincial championship, the Herder Memorial Trophy four of those years in 1962, 1964, 1966 and 1968.  It is his arrival in Corner Brook that is touted as the single most important factor that saw the Corner Brook Royals end a 27 year drought at winning the Herder.

Some have argued that Dorrington could have made it to the pro leagues.  He was one of the best skaters around, could handle the puck, and was a prolific scorer.  The call never came to the big leagues, instead, Danky made a career around the senior hockey leagues, calling the Corner Brook Royals and Corner Brook itself home for over 17 years.

Danky raised the bar in Newfoundland Senior Hockey and his contributions are still noted as the best the league has ever seen.  His teammates admired him; he was well respected both on and off the ice.

Frank “Danky” Dorrington, a legend loss from the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League.

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