Blackhawks add Kevin Dineen to staff

Updated: July 14, 2014, 12:22 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks hired Kevin Dineen as an assistant coach on Monday.

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AP Photo/Julio CortezKevin Dineen coached the Canadian women's team to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Dineen, 50, most recently coached the Canadian women's national team to a gold medal in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In addition to winning gold in Sochi, he led Canada's under-18 men's team to a bronze medal at the world championship in Finland in April.

He previously was the head coach of the Florida Panthers from 2011 to 2013. He also was the head coach of the AHL's Portland Pirates from 2005 to 2011.

Dineen was a teammate of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on the Hartford Whalers from 1984 to 1990.

"Kevin brings proven leadership qualities, having served as an alternate captain and captain for several of his teams during his 19-year NHL career," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "He will bring another well-respected voice to our coaching staff and we look forward to his contributions to our team."

Dineen replaces Jamie Kompon, who was named last week the head coach and general manager of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Kompon spent two seasons with the Blackhawks.

"I am thrilled to join Joel Quenneville, a future Hall of Fame coach, and Mike Kitchen, as we strive to reach the ultimate goal in professional hockey," Dineen said in a statement. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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