Inducted November 4, 1988
Frank “Danky” Dorrington was born in New Glasgow in 1933 and enjoyed a very successful hockey career in junior and senior hockey in various Atlantic and Eastern U.S. Leagues. Prior to moving to Corner Brook, he played his final season outside of Newfoundland with the Johnson Jets of the Eastern Hockey League.
As playing-coach of the Corner Brook Royals, Dorrington led the team to Herder Memorial Trophy wins as Provincial Senior Hockey Champions in 1962, ’64, ’66 and ’68. He returned as coach in 1977 to add his fifth Herder Championship. He led the Royals to seven straight seasons in the Herder finals.
He compiled more than 800 points during his Provincial Senior Hockey career, winning the scoring title in 1969-70 with 118 points. On four other occasions he was league scoring runner-up as his play-making and shooting skills were the main reasons his team won many games.
In 1969, he was voted Corner Brook’s male athlete of the year. He was the top batter in Corner Brook softball that same year with a .428 average. In 1972, the City of Corner Brook officially declared a “Frank Dorrington Day”, making him the only athlete to be so honored by Corner Brook.