The New Jersey Devils have named Kevin Dineen as their head coach for the Utica Comets.
Dineen, the third head coach in Comets history, will lead a recurring group of associate coach Sergei Brylin, assistant coach Ryan Parent, goalkeeping coach Brian Eklund and video coach Adam Purner.
Dineen, 57, has served eight seasons as head coach in the AHL, including the last two with the San Diego Gulls. Dineen has a career record of 322-228-31 (WL / OTL-T / SOL) with San Diego (2019-21) and the Portland Pirates (2005-11) and ranks 16th all-time in wins. In 2005/06 he won the Louis AR Pieri Award as the outstanding coach of the AHL.
Dineen was also the head coach of the Florida Panthers of the NHL from 2011 to 2013 and was an assistant to the Chicago Blackhawks from 2014 to 18, where she won the Stanley Cup in 2015. Internationally, Dineen coached the Canadian women’s national team to a gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Games.
Drafted by the Hartford Whalers in 1982, Dineen spent 18 years as a player in the NHL, collecting 760 points in 1,188 games. He also spent part of the 1984–85 season with the AHL’s Binghamton Whalers, scoring 23 points in 25 games.