Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the team has named Gord Dineen as an Assistant Coach.
Dineen spent the past eight seasons (2009-17) on the coaching staff with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, holding various roles, including one year as head coach of the team during the 2014-15 campaign. As an associate coach during the 2015-16 season, Dineen helped the Marlies to an AHL-best 54-21-1 record, winning the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as regular season champions while also leading Toronto to its fourth North Division title in five years. The Marlies also advanced to the postseason in each of the last six years with Dineen behind the bench, including a trip to the Calder Cup Finals in 2012 and two other appearances in the Western Conference Finals.
Prior to the 2014-15 season, Dineen was elevated to head coach of the Marlies, leading the team to a 40-27-9 overall record, good for second-place in the AHL’s North Division, and a berth in the playoffs.
Dineen joined the Marlies after serving as head coach of the Iowa Chops for the 2008-09 season. He began his pro coaching career as the head coach of the ECHL’s Macon Whoopee in 2001-02 before moving onto to become the head coach of the Richmond Renegades the following year. He also held several AHL coaching stints as the assistant coach of the Springfield Falcons (2003-04), Utah Grizzlies (2004-05), San Antonio Rampage (2005-07) and Portland Pirates (2007-08).
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Dineen enjoyed an 18-year pro playing career as a defenseman between 1982 and 2000. A second-round pick of the New York Islanders in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Dineen registered 106 points (16+90) in 528 career NHL games with the Islanders, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. Dineen also spent parts of two seasons in the American Hockey League with the Springfield Indians as well as in the International Hockey League with stops in Kalamazoo, Muskegon, San Diego, Denver, Utah and Chicago.
Rochester begins its 62nd season in the American Hockey League on Friday, Oct. 6 at The Blue Cross Arena. Amerks Season Ticket Memberships for the 2017-18 campaign, which start as low as just $12 per game, are on-sale now. The Amerks are also offering a variety of partial plans, including Half-Season Memberships and Flex Season Memberships with vouchers good for best available seating to any home game. All memberships are up to 40% off Box Office day of game pricing. For more information, visit www.amerks.com/seasontickets or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS.