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Kevin Dineen

Olympic Gold Medal Winning Hockey Coach

Kevin Dineen is an Olympic gold medal-winning hockey coach & assistant coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. Known as a ‘Rink-Rat’ throughout his NHL playing career, Kevin is a true student of the game always hungry to learn and improve. Kevin is also an advocate for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America having suffered from the disease since 1987.

Florida, USA


When a Door Closes a Window Opens
Kevin went from coaching in the best league in the world to being out of a job. In this presentation he looks at the challenges of dealing with disappointment and failure.  When a door closes a window opens, what are you going to do with it? Kevin’s empowering message is all about picking yourself up and pushing ahead to seize new opportunities.

Olympic Experience
Kevin on his Olympic experience leading the Canadian Women’s Hockey team to a gold medal victory.

Leadership & Team Dynamics
Drawing on his experiences as a coach and player, Kevin provides insight on how great teams excel. He takes sports concepts and applies them to an audience’s business. Why are you involved with the business? A firm believer in passion and sincerity in one’s chosen field, Kevin helps your team achieve optimal performance.


Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award

Bud Light/NHL Man of the Year Award

1988-89 + 1987-88
NHL All-Star

  • Excellent—you spoke from the heart and were SINCERE, but more importantly, we’ve all heard the professional speakers over our careers, you were genuine and a lot like us...you have a great message and style!

    - Vice President, Sales Twin Rivers Paper Company, LLC

Summary Profile

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.