Dean “Dino” Bandiera, was Timmins’ foremost gridiron personality. Growing up in the Moneta, and attending Timmins High and Vocational School where he starred, Bandiera went to St. Michael’s College in Toronto to play hockey but ended up in football. He later played at Queen’s University.
Bandiera played for the Verdun Grads of the Quebec Rugby League, then joined the Montreal Alouettes for their inaugural season in 1947, under Canadian Football League Hall of Famer Lew Hayman.
After a year spent back at school at Queen’s in 1948, he joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders for two seasons and then played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the early 1950’s. There, he won a west All-Star award and played in the 1953 Grey Cup Game. He was selected as an All- Star in 5 seasons and was named foremost Canadian Born Player with Winnipeg.
He finished his career with the Calgary Stampeders, ending a 9 year CFL tenure. He also helped coached 5 college championship teams while out west. After his career, he managed CFL Hall of Fame legend Terry Evanshen.