Dineen spent six seasons as head coach of the Portland Pirates of the AHL. He compiled a mark of 266-155-59 and led the Pirates to the playoffs in five of the six seasons. He had a winning percentage of .616, the best in that club's history.
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.