Gord Dineen joined the Richmond Renegades as Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations in June of 2002. This is Dineen’s second head coaching assignment. He began his head coaching career in 2001-02 with the Macon Whoopee in the East Coast Hockey League.
Dineen played 18 seasons of professional hockey, including 13 seasons in the National Hockey League. The former defenseman played in 528 regular season NHL games with the New York Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Minnesota North Stars, and the Ottawa Senators. He also played in the American Hockey League, the International Hockey League and the Central League. The 39-year-old Dineen was a second-round draft choice of the New York Islanders in 1981.
A Toronto, Ontario native, Dineen began his coaching career as a player/assistant coach with Utah in the IHL in 1999. He retired as a player following the 1999-2000 season and started his full-time coaching career as an assistant with Louisville in the AHL.
Dineen comes from a remarkable hockey family. His father Bill played six years in the NHL,winning two Stanley Cups with Detroit, and was a head coach in the NHL with Philadelphia and in the World Hockey Association with the New England Whalers, who he led to two WHA titles. He is now a scout with St. Louis in the NHL. Gord is one of five brothers to play professional hockey. Kevin Dineen currently plays for Columbus in the NHL, having completed his 18th NHL season in 2001-02. Peter Dineen played briefly in the NHL and is now a scout with Columbus in the NHL. Shawn played seven minor professional seasons and is now a scout with Vancouver in the NHL. Jerry played two seasons in the ECHL with Winston-Salem and Raleigh, and is now a videographer with the New York Rangers in the NHL.