Kevin Dineen

Kevin William Dineen (born October 28, 1963) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. Dineen is the head coach of the San Diego Gulls for the American Hockey League (AHL). Dineen previously served as the head coach for the Florida Panthers and assistant coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. He was born in Quebec City, Quebec.

Kevin Dineen
Born (1963-10-28) October 28, 1963
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Hartford Whalers
Philadelphia Flyers
Carolina Hurricanes
Ottawa Senators
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 56th overall, 1982
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 19842002

Playing career

St. Michael's Buzzers (1980–1981)

As a seventeen-year-old, Dineen played with the St. Michael's Buzzers in Junior "B" hockey, where in 40 games he scored 15 goals and 43 points, while getting 167 penalty minutes in 1980–81.

University of Denver (1981–1983)

Dineen began his college career in 1981–82, with the University of Denver Pioneers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. In his first season with the Pioneers, Dineen had 10 goals and 20 points in 27 games. He was then selected in the third round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers.

Dineen returned to the Pioneers for the 1982–83 season, where he was named captain as a sophomore and saw his numbers increase to 16 goals and 29 points in 36 games. Dineen played both forward and defense for the Pioneers during his two-year college career.

Canadian National Team (1983–1984)

Dineen's spent the 1983–84 hockey season with the Canadian national hockey team, where he scored five goals and 16 points in 52 games. Dineen also played in the 1984 Winter Olympics, however, he was held pointless in seven games for Team Canada.

Hartford Whalers (1984–1991)

Dineen began the 1984–85 season with the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL, where he played in 25 games, scoring 15 goals and 23 points. He was then promoted to the Hartford Whalers, as he made his NHL debut on December 3, 1984, against the Montreal Canadiens. He finished the season in the NHL, scoring 25 goals and 41 points in 57 games with Hartford, however, the team failed to make the playoffs.

He stayed in the NHL for good in 1985–86, where Dineen improved his numbers, scoring 33 goals and 68 points in 57 games with Hartford, finishing fourth in team scoring. In ten playoff games, Dineen had a team high six goals and 13 points, as Hartford upset the Quebec Nordiques in the first round before losing to the Montreal Canadiens in the Adams Division finals.

Dineen had a breakout season with the Whalers in 1986–87, scoring a team high 40 goals, and finishing second on the team with 79 points, helping Hartford finish in first place in the Adams Division. In the playoffs, Dineen had two goals and three points, as the Whalers were upset in the first round by the Quebec Nordiques.

His production slipped in the 1987–88 season, as Dineen had 25 goals and 50 points in 74 games, however, in six playoff games, he had four goals and eight points to lead the club.

Dineen had a career season in 1988–89, scoring a career high 45 goals and 89 points to lead the club in scoring, however, in four playoff games, Dineen had only one goal as the Whalers were swept in the first round. In 1988 and 1989, Dineen went to the NHL All-Star Game.

In 1989–90, Dineen saw his numbers slip to 25 goals and 66 points, however, he missed 13 games due to injuries during the season. In six playoff games, Dineen had three goals and five points as the Whalers lost to their rivals, the Boston Bruins in the first round.

Dineen saw his production decrease again in 1990–91, scoring 17 goals and 47 points, which was his lowest point total since his rookie season in 1984–85. In six playoff games, he registered only one goal as the Whalers went out in the first round.

He began the 1991–92 season with the Whalers, where in 16 games, Dineen had four goals and six points. On November 13, 1991, the Whalers traded Dineen to the Philadelphia Flyers for Murray Craven and a fourth round draft pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, where he would play for his father Bill Dineen, who was the Flyers head coach.

Philadelphia Flyers (1991–1995)

Dineen saw his production increase with the Philadelphia Flyers to finish the 1991–92 season, scoring 26 goals and 56 points in 64 games with the Flyers, however, the team failed to make the playoffs.

In his first full season with Philadelphia in 1992–93, Dineen scored 35 goals, his highest total since scoring 45 with the Hartford Whalers in 1988–89, while finishing with 63 points, to finish fourth in team scoring. Philadelphia missed the playoffs once again.

Dineen was named the Flyers captain for the 1993–94, however, he saw his production decrease, scoring 19 goals and 42 points, his lowest point total since his rookie season. Once again, the Flyers missed the playoffs. Dineen resigned captaincy in September 1994, in favor of Eric Lindros.[1]

During the 1994–95 NHL lockout, Dineen played with the Houston Aeros of the IHL, where he had six goals and ten points in 17 games. When the NHL resumed play in January 1995, Dineen rejoined the Flyers. Dineen struggled all season long, scoring eight goals and 13 points in 40 games. However, the Flyers made the playoffs. In 15 playoff games, Dineen scored six goals and ten points, helping the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals. After the season, Dineen finished as the runner-up for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

He started the 1995–96 season with the Flyers, where Dineen saw his numbers plummet to no goals and two points in 26 games. On December 28, 1995, the Flyers traded Dineen back to the Whalers for Hartford's seventh round pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes (1995–1999)

In his return to the Hartford Whalers to finish the 1995–96 NHL season, Dineen scored two goals and nine points in 20 games, as the team missed the playoffs.

Hartford named Dineen as their team captain prior to the 1996–97 season, and Dineen responded with 19 goals, his highest total since 1993–94, and 48 points, his best total since 1992–93. On April 13, 1997, Dineen scored the final goal in Whalers history, as Hartford defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1. Following the game, Dineen took a microphone and gave a brief speech thanking the Whalers fans for following and helping the team. Hartford missed the playoffs, and during the 1997 off-season, the club relocated to North Carolina and became the Carolina Hurricanes.

Dineen remained the Hurricanes captain during the 1997–98 season, however, his production slipped to seven goals and 23 points in 54 games, as Carolina failed to qualify for the playoffs.

In 1998–99, the Hurricanes named Keith Primeau as team captain, as Dineen would serve as an alternate captain. In 67 games, Dineen had eight goals and 18 points, helping the Hurricanes make the playoffs. In six playoff games, Dineen recorded no points.

Ottawa Senators (1999–2000)

On September 1, 1999, Dineen signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators for the 1999–2000 season. In his one season in Ottawa, Dineen scored four goals and registered 12 points in 67 games; however, he was a healthy scratch and did not play in any playoff games for the Senators. At season's end, Ottawa left Dineen unprotected for the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft, where he was subsequently selected by the new Columbus Blue Jackets team.

Columbus Blue Jackets (2000–2002)

In his first season with the Columbus in 2000–01, Dineen had eight goals and 15 points in 66 games, as Columbus finished well out of a playoff position.

Dineen returned to the Blue Jackets for a second season in 2001–02, and saw similar results, scoring five goals and 13 points in 59 games, as the team once again missed the playoffs.

Dineen only appeared in four games during the 2002–03 season with Columbus, and on November 5, 2002, he retired from playing. In 1188 career games, Dineen recorded 355 goals and 760 points while registering 2229 penalty minutes.

On January 6, 2006, Dineen had his Hartford Whalers' number 11 honored by the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack alongside former Whalers' teammates Ron Francis and Ulf Samuelsson. The ceremony took place before the Portland Pirates, who he was coaching at the time, played against the Wolf Pack in an AHL match.

International play

Dineen participated with the Canadian national hockey team numerous times during his career. He spent the 1983–84 season with the club, scoring five goals and 16 points in 52 games, and appeared in seven games with Canada at the 1984 Winter Olympics held in Sarajevo, where he had no points in seven games.

In 1985, Dineen played with Canada at the 1985 World Ice Hockey Championships, scoring three goals and five points in ten games. He represented Canada once again at the 1987 World Ice Hockey Championships, scoring four goals and six points in nine games. At the 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships, Dineen scored three goals and ten points in ten games, while at the 1993 World Ice Hockey Championships, Dineen had a goal and three points in eight games.

He also represented the National Hockey League at Rendez-vous '87 in Quebec City. In the two game series against the Soviet Union, Dineen had a goal.

Coaching career

Portland Pirates (2005–2011)

In the summer of 2005, Dineen was named the head coach of the Portland Pirates,[3] which was then the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate.

In the 2005–06 season, Dineen led the Pirates to a 53–19–5–3 record, earning 114 points, top in the Eastern Conference, and a 34-point increase over the previous season. On April 7, 2006, Dineen was named the winner of the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL's outstanding coach. In the playoffs, the Pirates defeated the Providence Bruins in the first round in six games, followed by another six game victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack. In the Eastern Conference finals, Portland lost to the Hershey Bears in seven games.

The 2006–07 season saw the Pirates slip to a 37–31–3–9 record, registering 86 points, which placed them in sixth place in the Atlantic Division, missing the playoffs.

In 2007–08, Portland rebounded to a 45–26–5–4 record, getting 99 points, and third place in the Atlantic Division, earning a playoff berth. In the post-season, the Pirates upset the Hartford Wolf Pack in five games, followed by another upset, as Portland defeated the division winning Providence Bruins in six games, earning a trip to the Eastern Conference finals, where they faced the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Penguins ended the Pirates season, defeating Portland in a seven-game series. After the season, Portland changed NHL affiliates, as the Buffalo Sabres took over the team, however, the team kept Dineen on as their head coach. The Anaheim Ducks moved their affiliate and became the Iowa Chops.

Now coaching the Sabres affiliate in 2008–09, Dineen led Portland to a 39–31–3–7 record, recording 88 points, good for third place in the Atlantic Division. In the first round of the playoffs, the Providence Bruins defeated Portland in five games.

The Pirates increased their point total in the 2009–10 season, finishing with a 45–24–7–4 record, getting 101 points. Portland then faced the Manchester Monarchs in the first round, and was swept out of the playoffs.

In 2010–11, the Pirates saw their point total improve again, as they finished in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 47–24–7–2 record, earning 103 points. Portland faced off against the Connecticut Whale in the first round, winning the series in six games, however, the Pirates season came to an end in the second round, when the Binghamton Senators defeated the Pirates in six games.

On May 31, 2011, Dineen left the Pirates, as he signed to become the new head coach of the Florida Panthers of the NHL.

Florida Panthers (2011–2013)

In his first season as the head coach of the Panthers, Dineen led the team to its first Southeast Division Title in franchise history. This was the Panthers' first post-season appearance in 12 years. But his Panthers team lost in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs to the New Jersey Devils in seven games. On November 8, 2013, the Panthers fired Dineen and his assistants, Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay after a disappointing start to the 2013-14 season, Peter Horachek was named interim head coach. [4]

Team Canada (2013–2014)

On Tuesday December 17, 2013, Kevin Dineen was named head coach of Team Canada's women's national ice hockey team. On February 20, 2014, he led the women's squad to a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

On March 20, 2014, Dineen was named head coach of Canada's National Men's Under-18 Team for the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships.[5] The team finished third, winning the bronze medal.

Chicago Blackhawks (2014–2018)

On July 14, 2014, Dineen was named as an assistant coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, joining the staff of Joel Quenneville, who had been his teammate for six seasons when they both played for the Hartford Whalers.[6] As an assistant coach for the Blackhawks, Dineen won his first Stanley Cup on June 15, 2015. On November 6, 2018, Dineen was fired along with Quenneville and assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson.[7]

San Diego Gulls (2019)

On July 15, 2019, Dineen was named head coach of the San Diego Gulls, the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, replacing Dallas Eakins who had been promoted as the Ducks' head coach.[8]

Personal life

Outside of the world of ice hockey, Dineen is a spokesperson for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.[9]

He is the son of late former NHL player and coach Bill Dineen and Pat Dineen. He has four brothers: Gord, Peter, Shawn, and Jerry and one sister, Rose. Although born in Canada, Dineen spent much of his youth in the United States, while his father Bill Dineen played and coached professionally. Bill & Pat Dineen were married for over 50 years.

Dineen and his wife, Annie, are the parents of four children, two daughters and two sons.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81St. Michael's BuzzersMetJHL40152843167
1981–82University of DenverWCHA2610102070
1982–83University of DenverWCHA36161329108
1984–85Binghamton WhalersAHL251582341
1984–85Hartford WhalersNHL57251641120
1985–86Hartford WhalersNHL573335681241067138
1986–87Hartford WhalersNHL78403979110621331
1987–88Hartford WhalersNHL7425255021764488
1988–89Hartford WhalersNHL79454489167410110
1989–90Hartford WhalersNHL67254166164632518
1990–91Hartford WhalersNHL61173047104610116
1991–92Hartford WhalersNHL1642623
1991–92Philadelphia FlyersNHL64263056130
1992–93Philadelphia FlyersNHL83352863201
1993–94Philadelphia FlyersNHL71192342113
1994–95Philadelphia FlyersNHL4085133915641018
1994–95Houston AerosIHL17641042
1995–96Philadelphia FlyersNHL2602250
1995–96Hartford WhalersNHL2027967
1996–97Hartford WhalersNHL78192948141
1997–98Carolina HurricanesNHL5471623105
1998–99Carolina HurricanesNHL67810189760008
1999–2000Ottawa SenatorsNHL67481267
2000–01Columbus Blue JacketsNHL668715126
2001–02Columbus Blue JacketsNHL59581362
2002–03Columbus Blue JacketsNHL400012
NHL totals 1188 355 405 760 2229 59 23 18 41 127


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1984 Canada OG 7 0 0 0 8
1985 Canada WC 10 3 2 5 10
1987 Canada WC 9 4 2 6 20
1987 Canada CC 3 1 2 3 0
1989 Canada WC 10 3 7 10 12
1993 Canada WC 8 1 2 3 8
Senior totals 47 12 15 27 58

Coaching record

NHL coaching record

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
FLA2011-12 82382618941st in Southeast Division34Lost in First Round
FLA2012-13 4815276365th in Southeast Division--Failed To Qualify
FLA2013-14 16394(10)7th in Atlantic Division--Fired Mid-Season
Total 146566228.4741 Division
340 Stanley Cups

Minor league coaching record

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
POR2005–06 805319531141st in AtlanticLost in Third round
POR2006–07 80373139866th in AtlanticMissed Playoffs
POR2007–08 80452654993rd in AtlanticLost in Third round
POR2008–09 80393137883rd in AtlanticLost in First round
POR2009–10 804524741012nd in AtlanticLost in First round
POR2010–11 804724721031st in AtlanticLost in Third round

See also

  • Notable families in the NHL
  • List of NHL players with 2000 career penalty minutes


  2. Miles, Gary (December 29, 1995). "Flyers Send Dineen Back To Hartford". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  5. "Kevin Dineen named head coach of Canada's National Men's Under-18 Team". Hockey Canada. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  6. Myers, Tracey. "Blackhawks hire Kevin Dineen as new assistant coach". CSN Chicago. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  7. "RELEASE: Blackhawks make coaching change". November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  8. "DUCKS NAME KEVIN DINEEN GULLS HEAD COACH". San Diego Gulls. July 15, 2019.
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 31, 2005. Retrieved November 12, 2005.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Preceded by
Rick Tocchet
Philadelphia Flyers captain
Succeeded by
Eric Lindros
Preceded by
Brendan Shanahan
Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes captain
Succeeded by
Keith Primeau
Preceded by
Peter DeBoer
Head coach of the Florida Panthers
Succeeded by
Peter Horachek
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