Royals legend Frank (Danky) Dorrington dies at age 80

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Frank (Danky) Dorrington starred as a player/coach and led the storied Corner Brook Royals to four Herder Memorial Trophy championships in the 1960s.

CORNER BROOK  Frank (Danky) Dorrington, perhaps the most renowned member of the Corner Brook Royals in the senior hockey team’s long history, has died.

Mr. Dorrington’s wife, Angie, told The Western Star her husband died Monday morning.

He had turned 80 years old in January and had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a little more than one year ago. He had been admitted to Aberdeen Hospital in his hometown of New Glasgow, N.S. in early January because of his deteriorating condition in the six months prior to that.

Not just a great on the Royals teams he starred on, Mr. Dorrington was considered one of the best  players to ever skate in Newfoundland and Labrador’s senior hockey circles.

Inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, Mr. Dorrington joined the Corner Brook Royals in 1961 and spent the next 12 seasons with the team. In the 340 games he played, according to the Hall of Fame’s website, Mr. Dorrington scored 349 goals and tallied 529 assists for an impressive total of 878 points — more points than any other player in the league’s history.

He won the senior hockey scoring race three times and was runner-up in four of his seasons.

More than a player, Mr. Dorrington was actually player/coach and helped guide the Royals to four Herder Memorial Trophy championships in the 1960s. He led the Royals into the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons, winning the title in 1962, 1964, 1966 and 1968.

Also a great softball player, Mr. Dorrington was named Corner Brook’s Athlete of the Year in 1969 and was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Besides his wife, Mr. Dorrington is survived by his daughter, Tracey, and her family and his son, Frank Jr.

Organizations: Aberdeen Hospital, Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame, Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall

Geographic location: Western Star, New Glasgow, Newfoundland and Labrador Corner Brook

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  • Dawn Dorrington Messenger
    March 19, 2013 - 17:48

    I wish I had been able to see him play.

  • Kate Howse
    March 16, 2013 - 23:06

    In later years of senior hockey in the Corner Brook Royals and Stephenville Jets era people still talked about the great 'Danky ' Dorrington and his talent on the ice as a committed and talented player and off the ice as a people person who took time out to talk to his many fans..'Danky' may be gone but will never be forgotten. Sincere condolences to the Dorrington family on your loss.

  • "Stats" Elliott
    March 12, 2013 - 19:15

    Frank "Danky" Dorrington, just to mention his name brings back so many memories. Anyone who followed senior hockey in NL back in its heyday in the 1960's will remeber what "Danky" brought to the game each and every night, he was worth the price of admission alone. A classy player who ended his career as the all-time leading point getter in NL Hockey History. We have a loss a legend, however memories will never die and "Danky" left more than is share. RIP Danky and thanks for the memories.

    March 12, 2013 - 04:50

    Frank Danky Dorrington was one of the best hockey players ever in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League, He did The City Of Corner Brook Proud as a member of the Corner Brook Royals.... R.I.P DANKY...

  • Edward & Frances Wiseman
    March 11, 2013 - 21:27

    Ange, Fanklin,& Tracy, we are so sorry to hear that Frank as passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Frances and Ed Wseman

  • Bill Francis
    March 11, 2013 - 18:36

    ...nobody said, "Danky Dorrington" quite like George games an' radios an' stormy winter nights...great memories of a beautiful time...sadly missed...I hope he took his skates with him...

  • ger
    March 11, 2013 - 17:36

    Thanks for the memories Danky. I will always remember your visits to the stadium here in St. John's. My thoughts are with your family

  • david
    March 11, 2013 - 16:58

    They really misspelled "Royals" on thsoe jerseys, didn't they. Not even close.

  • Henry
    March 11, 2013 - 16:16

    Rest In Peace. Danky.

  • Citizen
    March 11, 2013 - 15:17

    Sincere sympathy is extended to the family. Mr. Dorrington was a wonderful role model. Alzheimers is such a tragic and trying disease, and I pray for a cure.

  • JC
    March 11, 2013 - 15:14

    I can remember as a kid, watching him practice at Humber Gardens. I had my face close to the wire mesh they had in the corners. He took a shot that came close to my face and he stopped and came over to make sure I was alright. Always thought of him as a gentleman as well as an athlete. My condolences to his family.

    March 11, 2013 - 14:17

    i remember frank danky dorrington back in the 70's when i was a zamboni driver at the old grandfalls stadium. i often talked to danky when the royals were in town and they came looking for a key to the vistors dressing room. mr. dorrington was a great hockey player with great skill. thanks for those memories danky, and may you rest in peace.

  • Tony The Tiger
    March 11, 2013 - 11:41

    Condolences to the family...he was an inspiration to all us young hockey players in Corner Brook at the time.

  • kp
    March 11, 2013 - 10:09

    Very sad to hear of the passing of Danky, he was a childhood hero of mine back in the sixties/seventies.

  • Kevin Power
    March 11, 2013 - 09:40

    Rest in Peace Danky. Sincere condolences to the family.