Danny Belisle

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Danny Belisle
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With the Vancouver Canucks in 1961
Born (1937-05-09) May 9, 1937 (age 80)
South Porcupine, ON CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
Played for New York Rangers
Playing career 1955–1971

Daniel George Belisle (born May 9, 1937) is a former Canadian ice hockey player and coach.

Belisle played junior hockey for the Guelph Biltmores and the Trois-Rivières Lions. He then signed with the New York Rangers, but his entire National Hockey League career would only last four games during the 1960–61 NHL season. He would play for a total of fourteen years in the minor leagues, serving as a member of fifteen different clubs.[1] Belisle's career year came in 1962-63, when he scored 70 points for the San Francisco Seals of the Western Hockey League.[2]

Belisle began his coaching career with the Des Moines Oak Leafs, the final team for which he played. In 1978, he was named head coach of the Washington Capitals, where he coached the team to a 24–41–15 record. After a slow start at the beginning of the 1979–80 NHL season, he was fired and replaced by Gary Green. Dan Belisle while coaching the Dallas Black Hawks was voted Central Hockey League coach of the year in 1981. The Black Hawks (a farm team for the Vancouver Canucks) compiled a 56-16-7. Setting the record for most victories by a minor league team, most points by a minor league team, most goals scored by a team and most road victories. Belisle later became an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings during the early-to-mid-80's.[3]

Danny's son Dan Belisle was an ice hockey coach and executive in the North American Hockey League, Southern Hockey League, Colonial Hockey League, and ECHL, most notably serving as general manager for the ECHL's New Orleans Brass, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, and Victoria Salmon Kings.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Washington Capitals 1978–79 80 21 41 15 63 4th in Norris Missed playoffs
Washington Capitals 1979–80 16 4 10 2 (10) 2nd in Smythe (fired)
NHL Total 96 25 51 17


Preceded by
Tom McVie
Head coach of the Washington Capitals
Succeeded by
Gary Green