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|1980 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 183 overall by Chicago Black Hawks
April 5, 1961
Height: 6-1 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Deloraine, Manitoba (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 19 prospect for the 1980 NHL draft.
| Debut: December 31, 1983 (Chicago at
Numbers: 32 (Chicago); 5
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1991
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||Chicago, New Jersey||28
|Post-Draft Teams: Brandon (WHL); New
Brunswick, Springfield (AHL); Maine (AHL); Schwenningen (West Germany); Kloten
(Switzerland); Hershey (AHL); Timmendorf (Germany); Team Canada; Moncton, New
Haven (AHL); Roanoke Valley (ECHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
AHL Calder Cup: 1982 (New
Brandon Captain: 1980-81
1981-82: Played on AHL
regular-season champion (New Brunswick).
1987-88: Played three games
for Hershey team that won AHL regular-season and playoff titles, but was not
with team during postseason.
Miscellaneous: Returned to Deloraine,
Manitoba, after retirement and became a minor hockey coach, while also working
in sporting-goods business as a local dealer for Flarrow Hockey Sticks.
After playing the entire 1983-84 pre-Olympic schedule with Team Canada,
Dietrich found himself embroiled in controversy prior to the 1984 Olympics.
His eligibility for the Games came under scrutiny, because Dietrich and
Canadian teammates Mark Morrison, Dan Wood and Mario Gosselin had already
signed pro contracts with NHL teams. Despite these four players having signed
contracts, and Dietrich and Morrison having played some NHL games, the Canadian Olympic Association and
International Ice Hockey Federation both deemed them eligible for the Olympics
because none of them had played more than 10 NHL games. Team USA and Finland,
however, were not satisfied with the ruling and did not feel they should have
to compete in the Olympics against players with actual NHL experience. The
Americans and Finns protested the four Canadian players' eligibility to the
International Olympic Committee on Feb. 6, 1984, just one day before the
Olympic hockey tournament was set to begin. The IOC ruled that Dietrich and
Morrison were ineligible for the Games, but Wood and Gosselin would be allowed
to play. Dietrich and Morrison, as well as some players on the Italian and
Austrian teams, were banned because the IOC classified any player who had ever
played in an NHL game to be a professional, and therefore
ineligible for the Olympics. Wood and Gosselin, who had signed NHL contracts
but never played in the NHL , did not fit this definition and were allowed to play. The
banning of Dietrich and the others led to a re-examination of the strict IOC
eligibility rules, and by the 1988 Olympics, the amateur rule was abolished,
allowing former NHL players to play in Calgary.
Personal: Full name is Don Armond
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Chicago traded Dietrich, Rich Preston
and 1985 second-round pick (Eric Weinrich) to New Jersey for Bob MacMillan and 1985 fifth-round pick (Rick Herbert) on June 19, 1984.
The deal was put together after New Jersey agreed not to select Ed Olczyk with
the No. 2 pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, enabling Chicago to take Olczyk at
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