CT Hockey Throwback Pic: L.A. Kings GM Dean Lombardi

Dean Lombardi on the 1982 University of New Haven men's hockey

1981-82 University of New Haven men's hockey with captain Dean Lombardi

Long before he became the architect of a Stanley Cup champion, Los Angeles Kings’ General Manager Dean Lombardi skated here in southern Connecticut as a member of the University of New Haven men’s ice hockey team.

After playing high school hockey in Ludlow, MA, Lombardi moved on to play junior hockey for Gary Dineen’s Springfield Pics. He followed that up with one season at Elmira College before finishing his college hockey career at the University of New Haven, where he served as team captain both his junior and senior seasons.

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Other familiar faces in the crowd in this photo include Amity HS hockey coach Gary Lindgren (front row, #22) and former Branford/Darien coach Larry Vieira (front row, far left).