ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League announced that they have named former ECHL coach Gord Dineen as head coach of the Iowa Chops of the American Hockey League.
The Bakersfield Condors are the ECHL affiliate of Anaheim of the NHL and Iowa of the AHL. The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the AHL, marking the eighth consecutive season that it has had affiliations with 20 or more teams in the AHL.
The 45-year-old Dineen had his first head coaching job in the ECHL with Macon in 2001-02 and was head coach and director of hockey operations for Richmond of the ECHL in 2002-03. He worked this past season as an assistant coach in the AHL with Portland, who were the Ducks affiliate in 2007-08. Gord Dineen worked alongside his younger brother and former ECHL coach Kevin Dineen, who was head coach of the Pirates.
Gord Dineen began coaching in 2000-01 after completing his 18-year playing career. He played in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars, the New York Islanders, the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins and had 106 points (16g-90a) and 695 penalty minutes in 528 regular season NHL games and eight points (1g-7a) and 68 penalty minutes in 40 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
There are 10 head coaches and 16 assistant coaches in the AHL who are former ECHL players or coaches. The 10 head coaches are Dan Bylsma of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Jack Capuano of Bridgeport, Gord Dineen of Iowa, Kevin Dineen of Portland, Don Granato of Chicago, Greg Ireland of San Antonio, Kurt Kleinendorst of Lowell, Davis Payne of Peoria, Roy Sommer of Worcester and Bob Woods of Hershey. The AHL Coach of the Year award has been won by a former ECHL coach each of the last three seasons and seven times in the last eight years. The winner in 2007-08 was Scott Gordon, who coached Roanoke to back-to-back first-place finishes in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
The assistant coaches with ECHL experience are Scott Allen of Quad City, David Bell of Springfield, Matthew Bertani of Bridgeport, Pat Bingham of Bridgeport, Jason Cipolla of Rochester, David Cunniff of Worcester, J.J. Daigneault of Hartford, Ted Dent of Rockford, Kevin Dean of Lowell, Ray Edwards of San Antonio, Gerry Fleming of Springfield, Mark French of Hershey, Neil Little of Philadelphia, Todd Reirden of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Kjell Samuelsson of Philadelphia and Troy Ward of Houston.
In the last seven seasons the ECHL has had more call ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with more than 2,500 call ups involving more than 1,400 players. In each of the last four seasons there have been more than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL in the same season.