The forward, who played 18 seasons with five different pro teams from 1984-2003, knew he wanted to stay involved in the game post-retirement and the notebook – where he’d jot down drills, faceoff plays and various strategies – perhaps best represented the coaching career he seemed destined for and would eventually gravitate toward.
It’s no surprise considering his father’s history behind the bench. Bill Dineen coached for 15 years in the WHA, AHL and NHL and when Kevin and his four brothers were growing up they’d often go down to the rink and watch their dad run through practices with the Houston Aeros.
“Those were pretty formative years for me,” Dineen recalled in a recent phone interview from Toronto.
Decades later the 50-year-old and second youngest of the five boys has a lengthy coaching resume he can point to and just last week he was named the head coach of Canada’s men’s under-18 team.Read More »from Kevin Dineen is ready to build off his Olympic success with the Canadian men’s U-18 team