Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates still looking for assistant coaches; Ducks make move

Well, we can scratch Dino’s brother Gord Dineen off list as potential assistant coaches for the Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

Dineen will be staying with the Anaheim Ducks organization becoming the head coach of Ducks new AHL affiliate in Des Monies, Iowa.

Dineen, 45, will begin his first stint as a head coach in the AHL after spending the last several years as an assistant coach, including last season for the Pirates. Prior to coming to Portland, Dineen was the Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Rampage, Phoenix Coyotes AHL affiliate.

“I am very excited and flattered about being named the first head coach in Iowa Chops history,” said Dineen. “My experience with the Anaheim Ducks organization has been a very positive one thus far, and I look forward to continuing that relationship and put a successful team on the ice. We will be a reflection of the Anaheim Ducks with an up-tempo, in-your-face, physical style of hockey that will prepare and develop our players to win at the NHL level.”

Also joining Dineen will be Pirates assistant coach Matt Laatsch.

The Pirates are still looking for an assistant, but Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen said he hopes to have that completed within the next few weeks.

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