According to the Canadian Press on Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks have named Kevin Dineen as their assistant coach. Dineen was the head coach for the gold medal winning team Canada squad at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
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 Florida Panthers from 2012-2014.
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.
But it is Kevin Dineen's role with the Canadian women's national team that deserves the most accolades. When Dineen took over the duties in December, the Canadian women's hockey team was in complete disarray. However he was able to put a successful game plan in place and the team blended together. Canada beat their archrival the United States to win the gold medal in a dramatic contest by a score of 3-2 in overtime. The Canadian victory could be considered as one of the greatest finishes of any game played in the history of hockey--by men or women.
Dineen will now join Joel Quenneville in Chicago on a very strong National Hockey League franchise. The Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cups in the last five years, have four outstanding forwards in Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane and two stellar defensemen in Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith.
It will be interesting to see the responsibilities that Dineen will be given. One area where the Blackhawks struggled last year was in penalty killing where they only ranked 19th in the NHL. During his NHL career, Dineen had 14 shorthanded goals and eight shorthanded assists.