The Florida Panthers named Kevin Dineen as their 11th head coach in franchise history on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Dineen had spent the past six seasons as coach of the AHL's Portland Pirates, which for the past three seasons were an affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres and prior to that, an Anaheim Ducks affiliate. His record there was 266-155-59, a .616 winning percentage that represented the best in the franchise's history.
During a 19-season NHL career spent with Hartford, Philadelphia, Carolina, Ottawa and Columbus, Dineen, a third-round pick of the Whalers in the 1982 Entry Draft, amassed 355 goals and 760 points in 1,188 regular-season games. He added 23 goals and 41 points in 59 postseason games.
The Panthers haven't made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2000, the longest current drought in the League. Peter DeBoer coached the team for the past three seasons, compiling a 103-107-36 record.