Dale Joseph Marquette
Born: March 8, 1968 (Prince George, British Columbia)
Died: March 13, 2015 (Prince George, British Columbia)
Dale Marquette was a junior hockey coach with a reputation as a troubleshooter who could rescue teams that seemed outmatched by opponents.
In 1995-96, he became a midseason replacement coach for the sputtering Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League. The team had started at 2-15. Marquette brought them home with a 15-38-2 record by the end of the season.
Similarly, he was hired by the Quesnel Millionaires early in the 1999-2000 season when the B.C. Hockey League team got off to an 0-5 start. The following season the Gold Pan City team made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history with a 25-25-0-10 record.
Marquette launched his junior-A hockey coaching career with two seasons behind the bench of his hometown Prince George Spruce Kings. In 1994-95, he guided the Kings to a 41-9-2 record before they lost the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League finals to the Cranbrook Colts.
Marquette became a coach after a playing career that included two seasons of pro hockey. He spent four seasons in the Western Hockey League divided between the Lethbridge Broncos and the Brandon Wheat Kings. The 6-foot, 195-pound left winger scored 51 goals with 51 assists in just 62 games in his final junior campaign with Brandon.
The Chicago Black Hawks drafted the forward in the 10th round (No. 197 overall) of the 1987 NHL entry draft.
In the 1988-89 preseason, he scored what would be a game-winning goal for the Black Hawks in a 4-1 defeat of the Detroit Red Wings in an exhibition game.
He spent two seasons in the International Hockey League with the Saginaw Hawks and Indianapolis Ice. In 78 games, he scored 14 goals with 11 assists.
Marquette juggled a job as a gardener with the city of Prince George with his coaching duties.
He died suddenly five days after his 47th birthday of complications from diabetes.