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Dineen Named AHL's Most Outstanding Coach

Friday, 04.07.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Dineen Named AHL\'s Most Outstanding Coach
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Kevin Dineen of the Portland Pirates has been named the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach for the 2005-06 season, as voted by members of the media in each of the league’s 27 cities.

In his first season coaching at any level, Dineen has guided Portland (48-18-5-3) to the brink of its first-ever division title, occupying first place in the Atlantic Division since Dec. 10. With six games remaining, the Pirates’ 104 points are tied for the most by a Portland team in the city’s 28-year history of hosting AHL hockey. The Pirates rank second in the league in offense, averaging 3.80 goals per game, and also boast six players among the top 20 in plus/minus rating.

Dineen, whose father Bill won the Pieri Award in both 1985 and 1986, led his team through the loss of Dustin Penner, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Zenon Konopka to long-term NHL recalls, as well as injuries to players like Tim Brent, Pierre Parenteau, Curtis Glencross and Jordan Smith.

A 42-year-old native of Quebec City, Dineen made his professional debut in the AHL with Binghamton in 1984-85 before going on to a standout 18-year NHL career in which he became one of eight players in league history to record more than 300 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes in a career. After retiring on Nov. 5, 2002, Dineen spent two seasons in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ hockey operations department before being hired by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as their primary development coach in July 2005.

The Louis A.R. Pieri Award, which was first presented in 1968, honors the late Mr. Pieri, a long-time contributor to the AHL as the owner of the Providence Reds. Pieri also served as the general manager of three Calder Cup champions (1938, 1940, 1949) in Providence.

Dineen is the third Pirates coach to win the Pieri Award, joining Barry Trotz (1994) and Glen Hanlon (2000). Other previous winners of the award include Frank Mathers (1969), Fred Shero (1970), Al MacNeil (1972, ’77), Floyd Smith (1973), John Muckler (1975), Jacques Demers (1983), Larry Pleau (1987), Mike Milbury (1988), John Paddock (1988), Marc Crawford (1993), Robbie Ftorek (1995, ’96), Peter Laviolette (1999), Don Granato (2001), Claude Julien (2003), Claude Noel (2004) and Randy Cunneyworth (2005).

In operation since 1936, the AHL is celebrating its historic 70th anniversary this season, and continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 80 percent of all NHL players today are AHL graduates, and over 350 AHL players have been recalled to the NHL this season alone.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69


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