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Ex-Panthers Coach Kevin Dineen tabbed for Canadian women's team

Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Kevin Dineen, fired last month as coach of the NHL's Florida Panthers, Tuesday was named to lead the Canadian women's hockey team at the Sochi Olympics.

Hockey Canada announced Dineen, 50, would lead the women's squad for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, including the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The Canadians have won three straight Olympic gold medals, including a victory over the United States in the 2010 championship game at Vancouver.

Hockey Canada women's teams General Manager Melody Davidson said the Toronto native would take over at a "critical time for Canada's national women's team with the start of the Olympics less than two months away, and we feel Kevin is a terrific fit with our staff as we get ready for Sochi."

Dineen led the Panthers to the first Southeast Division title in franchise history in 2011-12, but the squad finished last in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season with a 15-27-6 record.

He was dismissed Nov. 8 after Florida struggled to a 3-9-4 start this season.

As a player, Dineen was on six Canadian men's team, winning a silver medal at the IIHF World Championship in 1985 and 1989 and taking the Canada Cup in 1987.

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