The Blackhawks lost coach Jamie Kompon last week and were needing one more coach to complete their staff for the 2014-2015 season. The Blackhawks had already made one coaching change this offseason with the hiring of Jimmy Waite as the new goalie coach after Joel Quenneville fired Steve Weeks right after the season had ended.
When looking on which direction Quenneville and Stan Bowman would look to for the next coach is an easy one and that is the Hartford Whalers. Many former teammates of Quenneville have gone into the coaching profession and it’s the fertile place to find the next Blackhawks coach.
Bowman and Quenneville landed on Kevin Dineen as the man to replace Kompon and now the coaching staff is complete for this coming season. Dineen was a Captain during his playing days in Philadelphia and Harford while playing 1,188 NHL games in which he scored 355 goals and 405 assists.
Dineen coached for the Portland Pirates of the AHL for 6 seasons in the AHL before getting the Head Coaching job for the Florida Panthers at the start of the 2011-2012 season. Without much to work with in South Florida Dineen posted a 53-56-28 record in 2 plus seasons before getting relieved of the position.
Dineen’s most recent job was the head coach of the Gold medal winning team Canada women’s hockey team that barely beat Team USA for the Gold in Sochi in a great Gold Medal match.
Dineen’s hire makes total sense in the leadership, experience, and Quenneville categories now he will need to get the powerplay that wasn’t terrible last season back to one of the best in the NHL where it should be with all the offensive talent the Hawks have on their roster.
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