The Florida Panthers named Kevin Dineen assistant coach on July 14, 2014 Dineen was teammates with Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville from 1984 to 1990 when both were members of the Hartford Whalers.
Dineen, 50, most recently led the Canadian women’s national team to a gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Prior to his work with Team Canada, he served as the head coach of the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers from 2011 to 2013, helping the club to their first-ever Southeast Division championship in 2011-12. Dineen also served as head coach for the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates from 2005 to 2011, winning the AHL’s Coach of the Year award in 2005-06.
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.