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Winthrop coach not part of beer episode, lawyer says

Winthrop High School hockey coach Dale Dunbar, as seen during a game in January 2009.

Lisa Poole for The Boston Globe/File

Winthrop High School hockey coach Dale Dunbar, as seen during a game in January 2009.

The lawyer for the Winthrop High School boys’ hockey coach spoke out Thursday, saying his client was “unfairly placed in a dim light” when he was accused of drinking beer with his players.

Dale Dunbar and another coach were suspended after police allegedly found empty beer cans in the team’s Larsen Rink locker room just before midnight last Friday. The second coach was not identified.

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Team members and the two coaches were present when police arrived, found the beer cans, and smelled alcohol, said Terence Delehanty, Winthrop’s police chief.

The team had returned from a losing a game at O’Brien Arena in Woburn a few hours earlier, where they lost by one goal to Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

James J. Cipoletta, Dunbar’s lawyer, released a statement saying that his client played no part in Friday night’s activities.

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“Dunbar did not procure or condone the drinking of alcohol by players or students,” Cipoletta wrote in the statement.

Winthrop police and school officials are investigating the incident, which could result
in charges of providing alcohol to a minor and underage drinking.

Cipoletta said that over the next week he and Dunbar will meet with town authorities to discuss Friday night’s events.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @jacktemp.
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