PANTHERS COACHING STAFF
Kevin Dineen enters his first year as the head coach of the Florida Panthers after being named to the position on June 1, 2011.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).
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.
Kevin and his wife, Annie, have two daughters, Hannah and Emma, and two sons, William and Declan.
Gord Murphy enters his second year as an assistant coach of the Panthers after being named to the position on July 6, 2010.Murphy joined the Panthers coaching staff after spending the previous seven years as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
A 1988 draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, was selected by Florida in the 1993 expansion draft. He played in 410 games over six seasons with the Panthers scoring 42 goals with 100 assists and 238 PIM. He was a teammate with Skrudland on the 1996 Panthers squad that advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals.
For his career in the NHL, the Willowdale, Ontario native played in 862 NHL games for Philadelphia (1988-92), Boston (1991-93 & 2001-02), Florida (1993-99) and Atlanta (1999-2001) registering 323 points (85-238-323) and 668 PIM.
Craig Ramsay enters his first season as the club’s assistant coach after being hired on July 7, 2011.
Ramsay, has nearly 40 years of NHL experience with seven different National Hockey League organizations including the Atlanta Thrashers, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Weston, Ontario native spent two seasons (1993-95) with Florida, serving as the team’s associate coach.
Most recently, Ramsay served as head coach of Atlanta for the 2010-11 season. Prior to working in Atlanta, Ramsay served as an assistant coach/associate coach with the Bruins for three seasons (2007-10). Ramsay’s coaching resume also includes serving as the associate coach in Tampa Bay (2001-07), earning a Stanley Cup title in 2004, as well as an assistant coach in Philadelphia (1998-00). Ramsay was named interim head coach of the Flyers in February 2000, guiding the team to a 16-8-1-0 mark while claiming the Atlantic Division title with 105 points.
Before joining Philadelphia, Ramsay worked as an assistant coach for Ottawa (1996-98) and the Panthers (1993-95). He began his coaching career with the Buffalo organization where he served as an assistant coach during the 1986-87 season and took over as interim head coach late in the year. Prior to leaving the Sabres in 1993, Ramsay also served as the team’s director of player personnel and assistant general manager.
Ramsay, who was drafted by Buffalo in the second round (19th overall) in the 1971 NHL Entry Draft, spent his entire NHL playing career with the Sabres, appearing in 1,070 games registering 672 points (252-420-672). He appeared in 776 consecutive games from 1973-1983, which ranks as the fourth longest consecutive games streak in NHL history. He was also named the recipient of the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1985, given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
Ramsay and his wife Susan have four children, sons Travis, Jad and Brendon and daughter Tristin.
Robb Tallas enters his third season as a member of the Florida Panthers coaching staff.
Throughout his 13-year playing career, Tallas appeared in 99 career National Hockey League games with the Boston Bruins (1995-2000) and Chicago Blackhawks (2000-01).
The Edmonton, Alberta native also serves as a hockey instructor at the Florida Panthers official practice facility, Saveology.com Iceplex and has previously worked with several NHL goalies. He also has participated as an instructor at the Panthers goaltending schools, while conducting one-on-one goaltending classes with aspiring goaltenders. Additionally, he serves as an active member of the Florida Panthers Alumni Association.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Craig Slaunwhite enters his third season at the club’s strength and conditioning coach.
Slaunwhite joins the Panthers organization after serving as a personal trainer in Toronto, Ontario for elite athletes participating in various sports. He has worked extensively with both National Hockey League and American Hockey League players, creating specialized strength and conditioning programs. Additionally, he completed two internships prior to graduating from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), working at the CMCC school clinic, as well as the Sherbourne Health Center. Slaunwhite also served as the on-field medical trainer and strength and conditioning coach for the Ontario Soccer Association.
Most recently, Slaunwhite completed a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in June 2009 and also earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in 2003.
P.J. Deluca enters his first season at the club’s video coach.
DeLuca spent the last two seasons serving as video coordinator for the Minnesota Wild. He served as the Colorado Avalanche’s video coordinator in 2008-09, and spent the 2007-08 season as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Denver. Deluca also worked with USA National Hockey Development Team Program, serving as a graduate assistant coach.
Prior to joining USA Hockey, the Chicago native worked as an Assistant Coach for the Chicago Mission Hockey Club (AAA) from 2005-06 and was the Head Coach for the Chicago Blues Hockey Club (AA) from 2004-05.
A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, DeLuca played junior hockey for the Cleveland Barons and Danville Wings of the North American Hockey League from 1994-96 and Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League in 1996-97.