2016 IHHF Bio Series: Dave Loughnane

Dave Loughnane

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loughnane-pixDave Loughnane began his youth hockey involvement through son Andy’s and daughter Kerry’s participation in the Winnetka Hockey Club. Starting in 1982, Dave served as travel team manager multiple times, and for several years as Board member and President of the Club. He served on the NIHL Board for a number of years, including terms as Vice-President and President. Dave was a long time member of the AHAI Board, and for many years continued to serve as a consultant to AHAI Presidents and Board members in dealing with administrative and dispute resolution issues.

Staying active in hockey has carried on with other family members, including son Andy, daughter Kerry (Farley), son-in-law Jack Farley, and grandsons Keane, Declan, Cormac and Rory Farley. Andy worked in the front office of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings during their Stanley Cup years and helped to launch the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise. He later used these hockey lessons in working as Vice-President of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, and since 2014 has been President of Business Operations for the MLS’ Columbus Crew.  Kerry was part of the first wave of girls playing hockey on both boys and girls teams, including with the Shooting Stars and later for New Trier High School. Jack Farley serves as the Winnetka Hockey Club’s House League Director and is active in coaching each of his children. Not to be outdone, Andy and Kerry’s older sister, Leah, beside getting dragged to countless ice rinks as part of family support, helped to paint the Winnetka ice rink – plus when venturing into new neighborhoods, often took one of the hockey pucks living in their freezer, supposedly for protection, but probably for comfort.

Dave operates his own law practice as a trial attorney and mediator, and aside from trying to keep up with the never-stop U.S. family members, he and his wife Leslie stay close with Leah and her family in England, including grandson Benjamin. Benjamin is one of those Cubs and Blackhawks fans who speak with a British accent, and he also plays grass-hockey (known to some as soccer and others as football).

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