With less than two months before the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, Kevin Dineen was named head coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team. Known for being an assertive coach, Kevin wasted no time in shaking things up with a slew of leadership changes that helped bring home the Gold medal for Canada. He pushed his stars to their physical and mental limits and it showed. The team rolled through the preliminary games going three games undefeated while only allowing 2 goals. They beat the Swiss 3-1 to earn a match with their arch-rivals the Americans in the Gold Medal Game. Down 2-0 and facing near defeat, the Canadian’s were saved by the post as the puck narrowly missed an empty-net. They regained momentum and tied it up before taking the win in overtime sending Canadian fan’s into a fit of celebration.
In 2014, after a stint coaching Canada’s under-18 men’s team, Kevin was named an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. Kevin is also an advocate for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1987, he showed remarkable strength by fighting through it and still managing to put up points against the best players in the league. Kevin belongs to one of the rare hockey families; his father Bill played six seasons in the NHL with Detroit and Chicago and his brothers Gord and Peter also played in the league.
Kevin was selected by the Hartford Whalers in the 3rd round, 56th overall at the 1982 NHL Entry draft. He returned for one more year in Denver where he was named captain. He spend the entire 1983-84 season on the Canadian National Team where he scored 16 points in 52 games and got his first taste of the Olympics at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. It wasn’t long before he was a full-time NHLer. In his rookie season he put up an impressive 23 points in 25 games. He’d go on to play 20 seasons in the league with Hartford, Philadelphia, Carolina, Ottawa and Columbus.
At the end of 2002, Kevin retired from the NHL as a player. He’d amassed an impressive body of work over in the NHL: 1,188 career games with 355 goals and 405 assists. Known as a leader in the dressing room, Kevin made the natural transition to coaching by taking the head coaching job with the AHL’s Portland Pirates.
He fine-tuned his coaching skills in the AHL before accepting his first NHL head coaching job with the Florida Panthers in May 2011. He helped guide the young Panthers team to its firth Southeast Division Title and its first playoff experience in 12 years.