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Amerks name Dineen assistant coach

Rochester Americans general manager Randy Sexton announced today that the team has named Gord Dineen as an assistant coach on head coach Chris Taylor’s staff.

Dineen, 54, enters his 16th season as an AHL coach in 2017-18, including the last eight with the Toronto Marlies as an assistant coach (2009-14), head coach (2014-15) and associate coach (2015-17). In Toronto, Dineen helped guide the team to six 40-win seasons, four division titles, a regular-season championship in 2015-16 and a trip to the Calder Cup Finals in 2012.

Dineen’s AHL coaching career also includes a stint as head coach of the Iowa Chops in 2008-09, and stops as an assistant with the Louisville Panthers (2000-01), Springfield Falcons (2003-04), Utah Grizzlies (2004-05), San Antonio Rampage (2005-07) and Portland Pirates (2007-08).

The Toronto, Ont., native was drafted 42nd overall by the New York Islanders during the 1981 NHL Draft. During his playing career, Dineen registered 106 points (16 goals, 90 assists) in 528 NHL games as a defenseman with the New York Islanders, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. He also played 36 AHL games with the Springfield Indians over the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons.