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Kevin Dineen is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player, and current assistant coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. Dineen was the former head coach of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.

Dineen 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, Dineen had 10 goals and 20 points in 27 games. He was then selected in the third round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. Dineen 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.

Dineen 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.

He stayed in the NHL for good in 1985–86, where Dineen improved his numbers, scoring 33 goals and 68 points in 57 games with Hartford, finishing fourth in team scoring. In ten playoff games, Dineen 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.

Dineen 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, Dineen had two goals and three points, as the Whalers were upset in the first round by the Quebec Nordiques.

His production slipped in the 1987–88 season, as Dineen 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.

Dineen 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, Dineen had only one goal as the Whalers were swept in the first round. In 1988 and 1989, Dineen went to the NHL All-Star Game.

In 1989–90, Dineen 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, Dineen had three goals and five points as the Whalers lost to their rivals, the Boston Bruins in the first round.

Dineen 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. He began the 1991–92 season with the Whalers, where in 16 games, Dineen had four goals and six points.

Dineen 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, Dineen 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.

Dineen 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. Dineen lost his captaincy in September 1994, as Eric Lindros was named the new team captain.

In 15 playoff games during the 1995 Playoffs, Dineen scored six goals and ten points, helping the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals. After the season, Dineen finished as the runner-up for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Hartford named Dineen 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, Dineen scored the final goal in Whalers history, as Hartford defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1. Following the game, Dineen 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.

After playing a season with the Ottawa Senators and two with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dineen retired from playing. In the summer of 2005, Dineen was named the head coach of the Portland Pirates, which was then the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate.

In the 2005–06 season, Dineen 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, Dineen 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 2008 postseason, 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.

On May 31, 2011, Dineen left the Pirates, as he signed to become the new head coach of the Florida Panthers of the NHL.

In his first season as the head coach of the Panthers, Dineen led the team to its first Southeast Division Title in franchise history. This was the Panthers' first postseason 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.

On Tuesday December 17, 2013, Kevin Dineen was named 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, Dineen 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.

On July 14, 2014, Dineen was named as an assistant coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. On June 15, 2015, Dineen won his first-ever Stanley Cup.

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