SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers
coach Kevin Dineen
comes from a hockey family, and Wednesday night's game against the New York Rangers
at the BankAtlantic Center will reunite him with one of his brothers.
Former NHL player and coach Bill Dineen
had five sons, all of whom currently work in hockey. Three of them -- Kevin, Gord and Peter -- also played in the NHL.
Jerry Dineen, the second-youngest of the clan at 45, made it as far as the ECHL and he's now a video coach for the Rangers.
"Jer has been a guy that's been around for a long time," Kevin Dineen
said after the Panthers' optional skate Wednesday morning. "He's been through I don't know how many coaches, but I don't think that goes to luck. He's a valuable part of that organization and his personality lends itself to long-term stability and (he's) very helpful within the organization. It is special to have him on the other side."
In addition to Kevin and Jerry, Peter Dineen
is a scout with Columbus and Shawn Dineen
, the youngest brother at 43, is a scout with Nashville.
Gord Dineen, meanwhile, is an assistant coach with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.
But Wednesday, it's Kevin and Jerry.
"He's always been the young guy there and always very endearing to the rest of us," Kevin said of Jerry, who is in his 18th season with the Rangers. "We get to spent a lot of time as families during the summer and stay in touch, and on a night like tonight we're trying to kick each other's tails, no different than we were as young guys."