- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

SUNRISE, FLA. (AP) - The Florida Panthers have formally introduced Kevin Dineen as the franchise’s 11th head coach.

The Panthers made the announcement at a press conference Wednesday at the BankAtlantic Center. Dineen replaces Pete DeBoer, who was fired on April 10, one day after completing his third season behind the Florida bench.

Like DeBoer, this will be Dineen’s first NHL head-coaching job.

Dineen spent the past six seasons as head coach of the Portland Pirates of the AHL.

In Portland, Dineen compiled a mark of 266-155-59 and led the Pirates to the playoffs in five of his six seasons.

Dineen’s father, Bill, played and coached in the NHL and his brothers Gord and Peter also were NHL players. Another brother, Shawn, is a scout for the Nashville Predators.

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