Dave “The Dude” Durante was a first-round draft pick of the Coquitlam Adanacs in 1973 and was named rookie of the year. In 1974 he won the WLA scoring race and the Maitland Trophy for sportsmanship. Durante played professional with the Quebec Caribous in 1975, scoring 89 goals with 117 assists for 206 points in 48 games on the way to an NLL Nations Cup victory. Durante rejoined the Adanacs from 1976 to 1979 and was traded to the Salmonbellies in 1980. He played 12 seasons with the Salmonbellies and was instrumental in the team capturing Mann Cup titles ‘81, ‘86, ‘89 and ‘91.

As a pick-up player he also helped the Salmonbellies win a Mann Cup in 1976 and was the MVP of that series. Durante was a WLA all-star in 1974, ‘76, ‘82, ‘83 and ‘84. In total Durante played 600 Senior ‘A’ and pro games with Coquitlam, Quebec and New Westminster, scoring 698 goals and 1,017 assists for 1,715 points—an average of 2.85 points a game. He joins a select group of Salmonbellies whose sweaters have been retired.


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