The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have hired Kevin Dineen as an assistant coach. Dineen was teammates with Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville from 1984 to 1990 when both were members of the Hartford Whalers.
“Kevin brings proven leadership qualities, having served as an alternate captain and captain for several of his teams during his 19-year NHL career,” said Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman. “He will bring another well respected voice to our coaching staff and we look forward to his contributions to our team.”
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.
"I am thrilled to join Joel Quenneville, a future hall of fame coach, and Mike Kitchen, as we strive to reach the ultimate goal in professional hockey," said Dineen. "After spending time speaking with John McDonough, Stan Bowman and Al MacIsaac it is easy to understand why the Chicago Blackhawks are considered one of the top franchises in all of professional sports. Starting with Rocky Wirtz and continuing through the rest of the organization, the measure of success is very high in Chicago. I look forward to supporting the coaching staff and working with some of the best players in the National Hockey League."
The Quebec City, Quebec, native played 19 NHL seasons from 1984 to 2003, posting 760 points (355g, 405a) in 1188 career games with Hartford, Philadelphia, Carolina, Ottawa and Columbus. He added 41 points (23g, 18a) in 59 career Stanley Cup playoff games with Hartford, Philadelphia and Carolina. He appeared in two NHL All-Star Games (1988, 1989) and led the league in game-winning goals twice (1985-86, 1986-87).
Dineen represented Canada in international competition six times, winning a silver medal at the World Championships in 1985 and 1989. He also played for Canada in the 1984 Winter Olympics, and World Championships in 1987 and 1993.