Rochester Americans assistant coach Gord Dineen enters his 17th season as an AHL coach and second with the Amerks in 2018-19.
In his first season with Rochester, Dineen commanded an immensely skilled defensive corps, featuring a balance of established veterans and a crop of young prospects, that ranked among the top of the AHL in terms of offensive production. Five of the 15 defensemen under his watch also saw time in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, including the highly touted pairing of Brendan Guhle and Casey Nelson, who combined for 55 games with the big club in 2017-18.
Dineen’s biggest success story, however, came in veteran defenseman Zach Redmond, who after being acquired by the Buffalo Sabres a week prior to the start of the season, would go onto become one of the most consistent point-getters throughout the campaign. Redmond finished the regular season setting career-highs in all offensive categories while leading the team and ranking fourth in overall scoring among all AHL blueliners. He was also one of just three defensemen to lead his respective team in points and was named to the 2017-18 AHL Second All-Star Team, the first Rochester defenseman to earn the honors since Clay Wilson in 2009-10.
Prior to joining Rochester’s coaching staff, Dineen held various roles over eight seasons with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, including assistant coach (2009-14), head coach (2014-15) and associate coach (2015-17). During his time in Toronto, Dineen helped guide the team to six 40-win seasons, four division titles and a regular-season championship.
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 assistant coach of the AHL’s Louisville Panthers in 2000-01 before two years as head coach with the ECHL’s Macon Whoopee (2001-02) and Richmond Renegades (2002-03). 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.
Dineen is the son of AHL Hall of Fame coach Bill Dineen and is the brother of Shawn, Peter and Kevin Dineen, all of whom played pro hockey.