Gord Dineen

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Gord Dineen
Born (1962-09-21) September 21, 1962 (age 56)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for New York Islanders
Minnesota North Stars
Pittsburgh Penguins
Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 42nd overall, 1981
New York Islanders
Playing career 1982–2000

Gordon M. Dineen (born September 21, 1962) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenceman. He is a former head coach for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, and a longtime assistant with several other teams.

Although born in Canada, Dineen spent much of his youth in the United States, while his father Bill Dineen played and coached professionally. He returned to Canada to play major junior hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was drafted by the New York Islanders with the forty-second pick in the 1981 draft. His brothers Kevin and Peter were also NHL players.

Playing career[edit]

Junior hockey[edit]

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1980-1982)[edit]

Dineen was drafted in the fifth round, 54th overall, by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL in 1980. In his rookie season with the Greyhounds in 1980-81 OHL season, Dineen scored four goals and 30 points, as well as 158 penalty minutes, in 68 games. In the playoffs, Dineen had a goal, eight points and 59 penalty minutes in 19 games, as the Greyhounds lost to the Kitchener Rangers in the final round.

Dineen returned to the Greyhounds for the 1981-82 season, in which he saw his offensive numbers improve. In 68 games, Dineen scored nine goals and 54 points, while earning 185 penalty minutes. In the post-season, Dineen had a goal and three points in 13 games

Professional career[edit]

New York Islanders (1982-1988)[edit]

Dineen was selected by the New York Islanders in the second round, 42nd overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec.

Following his junior career, the Islanders assigned Dineen to the Indianapolis Checkers of the CHL for the 1982-83 season. In 73 games with the Checkers, Dineen scored 10 goals and 57 points. Dineen was named the CHL's Most Improved Defenseman and Most Outstanding Defenseman. In 13 playoff games, Dineen had two goals and 12 points, helping the Checkers win the Adams Cup. Dineen also saw limited action with the New York Islanders, playing in two games in the 1982-83 season, as he was held pointless.

Dineen spent more time with the Checkers in 1983-84, as he scored four goals and 17 points in 26 games with Indianapolis. He earned a promotion to the Islanders, in which he played in 43 games, scoring a goal and 12 points. Dineen played in nine playoff games, scoring a goal and two points, as the Islanders lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the 1984 Stanley Cup Finals.

In 1984-85, Dineen spent time with the Islanders AHL affiliate, the Springfield Indians. In 25 games with Springfield, Dineen had a goal and nine points. He spent a majority of the 1984-85 season with the Islanders, playing in 48 games, scoring a goal and 13 points, as well as earning 89 penalty minutes. In 10 playoff games with New York, Dineen had no points and 26 penalty minutes.

Dineen again split the 1985-86 between Springfield and New York. In 11 games with the Indians, Dineen had two goals and five points. In 57 games with the Islanders in 1985-86, Dineen had a goal and nine points in 57 games. In three playoff games, he was held with no points.

In 1986-87, Dineen remained in the NHL on a full-time basis. In 71 games with the Islanders, Dineen scored four goals and 14 points, as well as accumulating 110 penalty minutes. In the post-season, Dineen had four assists in seven games. His tenure with the Islanders is perhaps best known for assisting on Pat LaFontaine's series-winning goal in the fourth overtime in the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs opening round against the Washington Capitals, known today as "The Easter Epic."

Dineen began the 1987-88 season with the Islanders, where in 57 games, Dineen scored four goals and 16 points. His career with the Islanders came to an end on March 7, 1988, as Dineen was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for Chris Pryor and a seventh round draft pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

Minnesota North Stars (1987-1989)[edit]

Dineen joined the Minnesota North Stars late in the 1987-88 season. His first game with the North Stars was on March 9, 1988, as he was held without a point in a 6-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. On April 3, Dineen scored his first goal with the North Stars, against Mike Vernon of the Calgary Flames, in a 4-1 loss.

Dineen began the 1988-89 season with the North Stars, earning an assist in two games. The North Stars assigned Dineen to the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL, where in 25 games, he scored two goals and eight points.

On December 17, 1988, the North Stars traded Dineen and Scott Bjugstad to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Ville Siren and Steve Gotaas.

Pittsburgh Penguins (1988-1992)[edit]

Dineen made his debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 23, 1988, earning no points in a 2-2 tie against the New Jersey Devils. On December 31, Dineen earned his first point as a Penguin, an assist on a goal by Mario Lemieux, in an 8-6 victory. On February 14, Dineen scored his first goal with Pittsburgh, against Jacques Cloutier of the Buffalo Sabres, and added an assist in a 7-3 win. With the Penguins in 1988-89, Dineen played in 38 games, scoring a goal and three points. In the playoffs, Dineen added two assists in 11 games.

In 1989-90, Dineen played in 69 games with the Penguins, scoring a goal and eight points, while earning a career high 125 penalty minutes.

Dineen played most of the 1990-91 with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the IHL, where Dineen scored one goal and 15 points in 40 games. In five playoff games with Muskegon, Dineen had two assists. In nine games with Pittsburgh during the 1990-91 season, Dineen had no points.

The 1991-92 season was once again spent mostly in Muskegon. In 79 games with the Lumberjacks, Dineen had eight goals and 45 points. In the post-season, Dineen scored two goals and six points in 14 games, as Muskegon lost to the Kansas City Blades in the Turner Cup finals. Dineen also appeared in one game with the Penguins during 1991-92, getting no points.

Following the season, Dineen was granted free agency.

Ottawa Senators (1992-1994)[edit]

Dineen signed with the expansion Ottawa Senators on August 31, 1992. The Senators assigned Dineen to the San Diego Gulls of the IHL to begin the 1992-93 season. With the Gulls, Dineen had six goals and 29 points in 41 games, earning a promotion to the Senators. Dineen played in his first game with Ottawa on January 21, 1993, where he was held without a point in a 7-2 loss to the Minnesota North Stars. On February 8, Dineen earned his first two points with the Senators, both assists, in a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. On February 25, Dineen scored his first goal with the Senators, against Tom Barrasso of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and added an assist in a 2-1 win. In 32 games with Ottawa, Dineen had two goals and six points.

In 1993-94, Dineen returned to the Senators. With 17 games remaining in the season, the Senators named Dineen captain of the club for the rest of the year. Overall, in a career high 77 games, Dineen did not score a goal, but had 21 assists.

After the season, Dineen became a free agent.

New York Islanders (1994-1995)[edit]

On July 26, 1994, Dineen returned to the New York Islanders, as he signed with the club as a free agent.

Due to the 1994-95 NHL lockout, Dineen spent a majority of the season with the Islanders IHL affiliate during the 1994-95 season, the Denver Grizzlies, where he was named captain of the team. In 68 games with Denver, Dineen scored five goals and 32 points. In 17 playoff games, Dineen had a goal and seven points, as Denver won the Turner Cup. Dineen did play in nine games with the Islanders during 1994-95, earning no points.

Utah Grizzlies (1995-2000)[edit]

With the arrival of NHL hockey to Denver, Colorado for the 1995-96 season, the Grizzlies relocated to Utah and became the Utah Grizzlies. Dineen remained captain of the club.

In the 1995-96 season, Dineen scored a goal and 18 points in 82 games. In the playoffs, Dineen earned three assists in 22 games, as the Grizzlies once again won the Turner Cup.

In 1996-97, Dineen appeared in 81 games, scoring five goals and 34 points. In seven post-season games, he earned three points.

Dineen played in all 82 games for the Grizzlies in 1997-98 season, scoring three goals and 37 points for the club. In four playoff games, Dineen had two assists.

Dineen continued to be productive during the 1998-99 season with Utah, as in 77 games, he had five goals and 27 points. The club failed to qualify for the post-season.

In 1999-2000, Dineen became a player-coach with the Grizzlies. In 50 games, he had 18 points, all assists. On March 16, 2000, Dineen was traded to the Chicago Wolves.

Chicago Wolves (1999-2000)[edit]

Dineen finished the 1999-2000 season with the Chicago Wolves. In 17 games, he had a goal and three points. In the post-season, Dineen had five assists in 16 games, helping Chicago win the Turner Cup.

Following the season, Dineen announced his retirement from playing.

Coaching career[edit]

Utah Grizzlies (1999-2000)[edit]

Dineen was named as a player-coach with the Utah Grizzlies during the 1999-2000. He remained in this role with the Grizzlies until March 16, 2000, as Dineen was traded to the Chicago Wolves.

Louisville Panthers (2000-2001)[edit]

After announcing his retirement from playing following the 1999-2000 season, Dineen was named an assistant coach with the Louisville Panthers of the AHL in 2000-01. Louisville was the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers. Dineen worked under head coach Joe Paterson. The Panthers struggled to a 21-51-5-3 record, failing to qualify for the playoffs. Following the season, the team became dormant.

Macon Whoopee (2001-2002)[edit]

Dineen was named as head coach and general manager of the Macon Whoopee of the ECHL for the 2001-02 season. Under Dineen, the Whoopee finished with a 29-31-12 record, earning 70 points, and did not make the post-season. Following the season, the Whoopee relocated to Lexington, Kentucky and became the Lexington Men O' War. Dineen was not retained by the club.

Richmond Renegades (2002-2003)[edit]

Dineen became the head coach and general manager of the Richmond Renegades of the ECHL for the 2002-03 season. The Renegades had a 35-31-6 record, earning 76 points, however, the club failed to make the playoffs. Following the season, the Renegades folded.

Springfield Falcons (2003-2004)[edit]

Dineen joined the Springfield Falcons of the AHL for the 2003-04. The Falcons were the AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, and Dineen worked as an assistant coach under former NHL defenseman Marty McSorley, who was the head coach of the team. The Falcons struggled during 2003-04, finishing with a 26-43-9-2 record, earning 63 points, and missing the playoffs.

Utah Grizzlies (2004-2005)[edit]

Dineen returned to the Utah Grizzlies, where he played as a player at the end of his career, and was a player-coach with the club during the 1999-2000 season. The Grizzlies now were in the AHL as an affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes for the 2004-05 season. Dineen was named as an assistant coach of the team, working under head coach Pat Conacher. The Grizzlies had a poor season, earning a record of 23-50-5-2, earning 53 points, and missing the playoffs. Following the season, the team was suspended.

San Antonio Rampage (2005-2007)[edit]

Dineen remained with the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, as the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL became the Coyotes top minor league affiliate. Dineen remained an assistant coach under head coach Pat Conacher. The Rampage struggled during the 2005-06 season with a 23-50-3-4 record, earning 53 points and not in a playoff position.

Dineen returned to the Rampage for the 2006-07 as an assistant coach. The team saw some improvement, earning a record of 32-42-2-4, earning 70 points, however, the Rampage failed to qualify for the post-season. Following the season, Dineen was relieved of his duties.

Portland Pirates (2007-2008)[edit]

Dineen was named to the coaching staff of the Portland Pirates for the 2007-08, working under head coach and younger brother Kevin Dineen.The Pirates were the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. The Pirates finished with a record of 45-26-5-4, earning 99 points and qualifying for the post-season. The Pirates ended up losing in the seventh game of the third round to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Following the season, the Ducks announced that they were affiliating with the Iowa Chops.

Iowa Chops (2008-2009)[edit]

Dineen was named head coach of the Iowa Chops, the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate, for the 2008-09 season.[1] The Chops finished the season with a 33-33-4-10 record, earning 80 points, and missing the playoffs. After the season, the Ducks dropped the Chops as their affiliate.

Toronto Marlies (2009-2017)[edit]

In 2009-10, Dineen was named as an assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies, working under head coach Dallas Eakins.[2] In his first season with Toronto, the club missed the playoffs with a 33-35-6-6 record, as they earned 78 points.

The Marlies saw some improvement in the 2010-11 season, finishing with a 37-32-1-10 record, earning 85 points, however, the club once again failed to qualify for the playoffs.

The club continued to improve in the 2011-12 season, as Toronto finished first in the North Division with a 44-24-5-3 record, earning 96 points. In the playoffs, the Marlies lost to the Norfolk Admirals in the Calder Cup finals.

In 2012-13, the Marlies finished in first place in the North Division for the second straight season, as the club had a record of 43-23-3-7 record, earning 96 points. In the post-season, the Marlies lost to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the second round.

Dineen remained with the Marlies for the 2013-14 as an assistant coach after Dallas Eakins was hired as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. Steve Spott became head coach of the Marlies. Toronto won their third consecutive division title, finishing with a 45-25-2-4 record, earning 96 points. In the playoffs, the Marlies lost to the Texas Stars in the third round.

Dineen was promoted as head coach of the Marlies for the 2014-15.[3] The Marlies had another strong season, earning a record of 40-27-9-0 for 89 points, finishing second in the North Division. In the post-season, the Marlies lost to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the first round.

In 2015-16, Dineen returned to the assistant coaching position, as Toronto hired Sheldon Keefe as head coach. The Marlies had a very strong season, going 54-16-5-1, earning 114 points, and first place in the North Division. In the playoffs, Toronto lost to the Hershey Bears in the third round.

The Marlies had another good season in 2016-17, as the club made the post-season for the sixth consecutive season. Toronto finished the season with a 42-29-4-1 record, earning 89 points and finishing in second place in the North Division. In the playoffs, Toronto lost to the Syracuse Crunch in the second round. Following the season, Dineen was not retained by the Marlies.

Rochester Americans (2017-present)[edit]

Dineen joined the Rochester Americans of the AHL as an assistant to head coach Chris Taylor.[4] In the 2017-18, Rochester had a 37-22-11-6 record, earning 91 points and a third-place finish in the North Division. In the playoffs, the Americans lost to the Syracuse Crunch in the first round.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1979–80 St. Michael's Buzzers MetJHL 42 11 24 35 103
1980–81 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL 68 4 26 30 158 19 1 7 8 58
1981–82 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 68 9 45 54 185 13 1 2 3 52
1982–83 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 0 0 4
1982–83 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 73 10 47 57 78 13 2 10 12 29
1983–84 New York Islanders NHL 43 1 11 12 32 9 1 1 2 28
1983–84 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 26 4 13 17 63
1984–85 Springfield Indians AHL 25 1 8 9 46
1984–85 New York Islanders NHL 48 1 12 13 89 10 0 0 0 26
1985–86 Springfield Indians AHL 11 2 3 5 20
1985–86 New York Islanders NHL 57 1 8 9 81 3 0 0 0 2
1986–87 New York Islanders NHL 71 4 10 14 110 7 0 4 4 4
1987–88 New York Islanders NHL 57 4 12 16 62
1987–88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 13 1 1 2 21
1988–89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 25 2 6 8 49
1988–89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 2 0 1 1 2
1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 1 2 3 42 11 0 2 2 8
1989–90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 69 1 8 9 125
1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 0 0 0 6
1990–91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 40 1 14 15 57 5 0 2 2 0
1991–92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 79 8 37 45 83 14 2 4 6 33
1992–93 Ottawa Senators NHL 32 2 4 6 30
1992–93 San Diego Gulls IHL 41 6 23 29 36
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 0 21 21 89
1993–94 San Diego Gulls IHL 3 0 0 0 2
1994–95 New York Islanders NHL 9 0 0 0 2
1994–95 Denver Grizzlies IHL 68 5 27 32 75 17 1 6 7 8
1995–96 Utah Grizzlies IHL 82 1 17 18 89 22 0 3 3 14
1996–97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 81 5 29 34 62 7 0 3 3 4
1997–98 Utah Grizzlies IHL 82 3 34 37 63 4 0 2 2 2
1998–99 Utah Grizzlies IHL 77 5 22 27 78
1999–2000 Utah Grizzlies IHL 50 0 18 18 26
1999–2000 Chicago Wolves IHL 17 1 2 3 14 16 0 5 5 12
NHL totals 529 16 90 106 695 40 1 7 8 68
IHL totals 645 37 229 266 634 85 3 25 28 73

Coaching statistics[edit]

Season  Team                 Lge  Type                    GP W  L  T  OTL Pct   Result 
1999-00 Utah Grizzlies       IHL  Player-Assistant Coach 
2000-01 Louisville Panthers  AHL  Assistant Coach 
2001-02 Macon Whoopee        ECHL Head Coach              72 29 31 12 0   0.486 Out of Playoffs 
2002-03 Richmond Renegades   ECHL Head Coach              72 35 31 6  0   0.528 Out of Playoffs 
2003-04 Springfield Falcons  AHL  Assistant Coach 
2004-05 Utah Grizzlies       AHL  Assistant Coach 
2005-06 San Antonio Rampage  AHL  Assistant Coach 
2008-09 Iowa Chops           AHL  Head Coach                 33 33 0  14
2009-14 Toronto Marlies      AHL  Assistant Coach            202 139 17 30
2014-15 Toronto Marlies      AHL  Head Coach

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gord Dineen named Head Coach of Iowa Chops". IowaChops.com. Archived from the original on September 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Dineen & King Named Marlies Assistant Coaches".
  3. ^ http://www.marlies.ca/news/news.asp?story_id=3519
  4. ^ http://www.amerks.com/article/GORD%20DINEEN%20NAMED%20AMERKS%20ASSISTANT%20COACH

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Preceded by
Mark Lamb
Brad Shaw
Ottawa Senators captain
1994
Succeeded by
Randy Cunneyworth