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Dineen coaching Canada at World U-18 Hockey Championship

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According to the Canadian Press, Kevin Dineen of Quebec City is coaching Canada at the World Under 18 Men's Hockey Championship in Lappeenranrta and Imatra, Finland. After two games in the tournament as of Saturday, the Canadian team is a perfect 2-0.

Dineen, who started the hockey season coaching the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League, coached the Canadian women's hockey team to an Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. It was the fourth straight gold medal won by the Canadian women at the Olympic Winter Games.

Dineen, who played in the National Hockey League with the Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets from 1984-2003, brings a wealth of coaching experience. Dineen spent six seasons as a head coach of the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates prior to his three years with the Panthers.

Kevin Dineen's father Bill was also the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1991-1993. Bill Dineen actually had a chance to coach Kevin for those two seasons.

So far at the World Under 18 Men's Hockey Championship, Canada has defeated Sweden 3-1 and Germany 5-2. In Canada's win against Sweden on Thursday, Jake Virtanen of the Calgary Hitmen led Canada in scoring with two goals. On Saturday, team Canada was led by Virtanen again who recorded two assists and was Canada's only player with a multi-point game.

In Canada's win over Germany, the game was tied at two goals apiece after two periods of play, before the Canadian team registered three unanswered goals. The goal scorers were Ryan Gropp of the Seattle Thunderbirds, Travis Konecny of the Ottawa 67's and Jared McCann of the Sault. Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Canada's next game is Sunday against Slovakia. Canada's game against Russia on Tuesday will be televised on TSN.

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