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February 05, 2016

Harry Dick

Harry Dick had, well, one of the more unusual if not unfortunate names in hockey.

Opponents may have used that to antagonize the native of Port Colborne, Ontario. That would have been a bad idea though. He was definitely a bit of a wild card when it came to the extra curricular physical activities between the whistles. He was no stranger to penalty box. In seven of his fifteen professional season he led his entire league in penalty minutes. He was near the top of the list in all the other seasons, too.

Those fifteen seasons saw him play in places like Atlantic City, Louisville, Tulsa and Kansas City.

He also saw twelve games in the National Hockey League. With his commitments to the Canadian Army complete, Dick played twelve games with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1946-47 season. He never picked up a goal or an assist, and was relatively well behaved with just twelve minutes in penalties.

After his call up to Chicago Dick returned to Kansas City where he set some roots in his two year tenure there. Though he would leave to play in multiple more cities from 1947 through 1955, he returned after hanging up his skates.

Dick worked for a highway construction company until he retired in 1990. He was also very active in youth hockey programs in the area, serving as coach, referee, official scorer and penalty box attendant whenever he could.

Harry passed away on December 1, 2002 in Ottawa, Kansas.

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