|Born||October 28, 1963 |
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Hartford Whalers|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||56th overall, 1982|
Kevin Dineen (born Kevin William Dineen on October 28, 1963) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and current assistant coach of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously served as the head coach for the Florida Panthers.
- 1 Playing Career
- 2 Coaching Career
- 3 Career Statistics
- 4 Coaching Record
- 5 Personal Life
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
St. Michael's Buzzers[edit | edit source]
As a seventeen-year-old, Kevin 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[edit | edit source]
Kevin 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, he had 10 goals and 20 points in 27 games. Kevin was then selected in the third round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers.
Kevin 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.
Canadian National Team[edit | edit source]
Kevin has spent the 1983–84 hockey season with the Canadian national hockey team where he scored five goals and 16 points in 52 games. He also played in the 1984 Winter Olympics, however, he was held pointless in seven games for Team Canada.
Hartford Whalers[edit | edit source]
Kevin 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.
Kevin stayed in the NHL for good in 1985–86, where he improved his numbers, scoring 33 goals and 68 points in 57 games with Hartford, finishing fourth in team scoring.
In ten playoff games, he 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.
Kevin 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, he had two goals and three points, as the Whalers were upset in the first round by the Quebec Nordiques.
Kevin's production slipped in the 1987–88 season as he 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.
Kevin 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, he had only one goal as the Whalers were swept in the first round.
In 1988 and 1989, Kevin went to the NHL All-Star Game.
In 1989–90, he 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, Kevin had three goals and five points as the Whalers lost to their rivals, the Boston Bruins in the first round.
Kevin 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.
Kevin 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 him 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, who was the Flyers head coach.
Philadelphia Flyers[edit | edit source]
Kevin 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, he 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.
Kevin 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. He lost his captaincy in September 1994, as Eric Lindros was named the new team captain.
During the 1994–95 NHL lockout, Kevin 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 of 1995, he rejoined the Flyers.
Kevin struggled all season long, scoring eight goals and 13 points in 40 games. However, the Flyers made the playoffs.
In 15 playoff games, he scored six goals and ten points, helping the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals. After the season, he finished as the runner-up for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
Kevin started the 1995–96 season with the Flyers where he saw his numbers plummet to no goals and two points in 26 games.
On December 28, 1995, the Flyers traded Kevin back to the Whalers for Hartford's seventh round pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
Second Stint with Hartford\Carolina Hurricanes[edit | edit source]
In his return to the Hartford Whalers to finish the 1995–96 NHL season, Kevin scored two goals and nine points in 20 games, as the team missed the playoffs.
Hartford named him 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, Kevin scored the final goal in Whalers history as Hartford defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1. Following the game, he 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.
Kevin 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, he had eight goals and 18 points, helping the Hurricanes make the playoffs. In six playoff games, Dineen recorded no points.
Ottawa Senators[edit | edit source]
On September 1, 1999, Kevin signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators for the 1999–2000 season.
In his only season in Ottawa, he 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 Kevin unprotected for the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft where he was subsequently selected by the new Columbus Blue Jackets team.
Columbus Blue Jackets[edit | edit source]
In his first season with the Columbus in 2000–01, Kevin had eight goals and 15 points in 66 games, as Columbus finished well out of a playoff position.
He 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.
Kevin 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, he recorded 355 goals and 760 points while registering 2229 penalty minutes.
On January 6, 2006, Kevin 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.
Coaching Career[edit | edit source]
Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]
In the summer of 2005, Kevin was named the head coach of the Portland Pirates which was then the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate.
In the 2005–06 season, he 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, Kevin 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 him on as their head coach. The Anaheim Ducks moved their affiliate and became the Iowa Chops.
Now coaching the Sabres affiliate in 2008–09, Kevin 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, Kevin left the Pirates as he signed to become the new head coach of the Florida Panthers of the NHL.
Florida Panthers[edit | edit source]
In his first season as the head coach of the Panthers, Kevin 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.
Team Canada[edit | edit source]
On December 17, 2013, Kevin was named the 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, he was named head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team for the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships. The team finished third, winning the bronze medal.
Chicago Blackhawks[edit | edit source]
On July 14, 2014, Kevin was named as an assistant coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, joining the staff of Joel Quenneville who had been his teamate for six seasons when they both played for the Hartford Whalers.
He won the Stanley cup as a member of the coaching staff for the Blackhawks for the 2014-2015 NHL season.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|1981–82||University of Denver||NCAA||38||12||22||34||105||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||University of Denver||NCAA||36||16||13||29||108||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||66||8||7||15||126||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||59||5||8||13||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||4||0||0||0||12||—||—||—||—||—|
Coaching Record[edit | edit source]
NHL coaching record[edit | edit source]
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|FLA||2011-12||82||38||26||18||94||1st in Southeast Division||3||4||Lost in First Round|
|FLA||2012-13||48||15||27||6||36||5th in Southeast Division||-||-||Failed To Qualify|
|FLA||2013-14||16||3||9||4||(10)||7th in Atlantic Division||-||-||Fired Mid-Season|
|3||4||0 Stanley Cups|
Minor league coaching record[edit | edit source]
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|POR||2005–06||80||53||19||5||3||114||1st in Atlantic||Lost in Third round|
|POR||2006–07||80||37||31||3||9||86||6th in Atlantic||Missed Playoffs|
|POR||2007–08||80||45||26||5||4||99||3rd in Atlantic||Lost in Third round|
|POR||2008–09||80||39||31||3||7||88||3rd in Atlantic||Lost in First round|
|POR||2009–10||80||45||24||7||4||101||2nd in Atlantic||Lost in First round|
|POR||2010–11||80||47||24||7||2||103||1st in Atlantic||Lost in Third round|
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Although born in Canada, Kevin spent much of his youth in the United States while his father played and coached professionally. Bill & Pat Dineen were married for over 50 yrs.
Kevin and his wife, Annie, are the parents of four children: two daughters (Hannah and Emma) and two sons (William and Declan).