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Kevin Dineen Named Head Coach Of The Florida Panthers

New Panthers bench boss brings more than 25 years of hockey experience to Cats

Wednesday, 06.01.2011 / 3:00 PM / News
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Kevin Dineen Named Head Coach Of The Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Kevin Dineen has been named the 11th head coach in the club’s history. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
 
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Kevin Dineen to the Florida Panthers organization,” said Tallon. “Kevin brings to our organization more than 25 years of playing and coaching experience. He played in more than 1,100 National Hockey League games and is one of only seven players in the league’s history to score more than 350 goals, while registering more than 2,000 penalty minutes.
 
“For the last several years, Kevin has been regarded as one of the top head coaches in the American Hockey League, leading the Portland Pirates to the AHL postseason five out of six years as the club’s coach. He is a player’s coach who understands our team’s philosophy and direction and someone who will guide the Panthers to future success.”
 
Dineen, 47, has spent the last six seasons as the head coach of Portland (AHL), where he compiled a record of 266-155-59 with a .616 winning percentage, the best in the franchise’s history. During this tenure with Portland, his teams won at least 40 games in four of out six seasons, won a pair of division titles (05-06 & 10-11) and advanced to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals twice (05-06 & 07-08).
 
Dineen's most successful AHL season came during the 05-06 campaign when he guided the Pirates to a 53-19-8 record. For his efforts, he was selected the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award winner as the AHL's outstanding coach. He has coached current NHL players such as Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Dustin Penner and Mathieu Darche and was responsible for coaching the last three AHL rookies of the year (Luke Adam in 10-11, Tyler Ennis in 09-10 and Nathan Gerbe in 08-09). 
 
A third round draft pick of the Hartford Whalers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Dineen played in 1,188 career National Hockey League games with Hartford (1984-91 & 1995-97), Philadelphia (1991-95), Carolina (1997-99), Ottawa (1999-2000) and Columbus (2000-03). Throughout his 19-year NHL playing career, he scored 355 goals with 405 assists and 2,229 PIM. He also served as team captain while playing for Philadelphia, Hartford and Carolina.
 
Dineen appeared in two NHL All-Star Games while playing for Hartford (1988 & 1989). Dineen was also named the 90-91 NHL Man-of-the-Year and was a three-time finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (1995, 2001 & 2002). After retiring as a player on Nov. 5, 2002, Dineen spent two seasons working in the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey operations department.
Born in Quebec, he has represented Canada on numerous occasions including the 1984 Olympic Games, 1987 Canada Cup and three World Championship Tournaments (1985, 1989 and 1993). Prior to turning pro, Dineen played two seasons at the University of Denver (WCHA) and was named team captain during his sophomore season.
 
Kevin and his wife, Annie, have two daughters, Hannah and Emma, and two sons, William and Declan. He is the son of former NHL player and head coach Bill Dineen and a brother of former NHL players Gord and Peter. His other brothers, Shawn and Jerry, were minor league hockey players. Gord is currently an assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies (AHL), Jerry is currently the video coach of the New York Rangers, Shawn is a scout with the Nashville Predators and Peter is a scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
 
Dineen is also a spokesperson for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, whose mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases.
 
Kevin Dineen’s Head Coaching Record:
Season Team Lge W L OT Pct
2005-06 Portland AHL 53 19 8 .713
2006-07 Portland AHL 37 31 12 .538
2007-08 Portland AHL 45 26 9 .619
2008-09 Portland AHL 39 31 10 .550
2009-10 Portland AHL 45 24 11 .631
2010-11 Portland AHL 47 24 9 .644

Totals 266 155 59 .616
 
Kevin Dineen’s Career Playing Statistics:
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981-82 U. of Denver WCHA 38 12 22 34 105
1982-83 U. of Denver WCHA 36 16 13 29 108
1983-84 Binghamton AHL 25 15 8 23 41
1984-85 Hartford NHL 57 25 16 41 120
1985-86 Hartford NHL 57 33 35 68 124 10 6 7 13 18
1986-87 Hartford NHL 78 40 39 79 110 6 2 1 3 31
1987-88 Hartford NHL 74 25 25 50 217 6 4 4 8 8
1988-89 Hartford NHL 79 45 44 89 167 4 1 0 1 10
1989-90 Hartford NHL 67 25 41 66 164 6 3 2 5 18
1990-91 Hartford NHL 61 17 30 47 104 6 1 0 1 16
1991-92 Hartford NHL 16 4 2 6 23
1991-92 Philadelphia NHL 64 26 30 56 130
1992-93 Philadelphia NHL 83 35 28 63 201
1993-94 Philadelphia NHL 71 19 23 42 113
1994-95 Philadelphia NHL 40 8 5 13 39 15 6 4 10 18
1994-95 Houston IHL 17 6 4 10 42
1995-96 Philadelphia NHL 26 0 2 2 50
1995-96 Hartford NHL 20 2 7 9 67
1996-97 Hartford NHL 78 19 29 48 141
1997-98 Carolina NHL 54 7 16 23 105
1998-99 Carolina NHL 67 8 10 18 97 6 0 0 0 8
1999-99 Ottawa NHL 67 4 8 12 57
2000-01 Columbus NHL 66 8 7 15 126
2001-02 Columbus NHL 59 5 8 13 62
2002-03 Columbus NHL 4 0 0 0 12
1,188 355 405 760 2,229 59 23 18 41 127

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