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Dineen to coach Canadian women at Olympics

Dec 17, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

Kevin Dineen AP

The surprising and curious resignation of Dan Church as head coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team less than two months before the Winter Olympics will apparently mean a trip to Sochi, Russia, for ex-Panthers coach Kevin Dineen.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Dineen will be named the new coach of the women’s team, the move coming just over a month after he was fired by Florida.

Update: It’s official.

Canada and the United States are the co-favorites to win gold in women’s hockey. The Canadian women have won gold at the last three Olympics.

  1. jjregan21 - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    That’s definitely a step up from the Panthers

  2. hosewater2 - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Will be interesting to see how he does with a team that has some true grit.

  3. drewzducks - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Typo. Headline should have said “Canadien” women.

  4. purpleguy - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    There are women in Canada?

    • beergold - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Yep and these women really know how to play the game!

      Wanting to see a US – Canada final in both the womens and mens hockey this year in Russia.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        Beer, sadly a US-Canada final is pretty much a lock in the women’s game as none of the other countries have anywhere near the same caliber of talent yet. With their large populations, if China and Russia were to support their girls’ and women’s programs more, they would within a decade be serious threats.

      • beergold - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        Agreed nothanksidriving but the Fins and Swedes are slowly ever slowly starting to put up some challenge to US and Canada. But you are right, the entire tournament is just a tuneup for a US/Canada final.

        The mens side should be truly amazing. Something I look forward to every four years. It takes me months to enjoy watching the NHL after seeing the worlds best represent their country. Olympic hockey is really the way the game should be played and on the large ice surface I can’t even imagine the pace of the game. It will be great!

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        Beer, I agree about the Finns and Swedes, but they are severely limited by small population bases. I also agree completely on the men’s tourney. One bummer is the time difference will mean live games at solely DVR hours for most of us. If the US team makes the medals round you will likely see what some would think impossible: higher ratings for no-fights hockey than for NHL games. How could that be, since appointment fights by designated fighters is essential to any game being played? Inconceivable.

  5. Taylor Craig - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    This will be a big try-out for another NHL coaching job for him. I love him as a coach and it was tough to see him go.

  6. terrier92 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Gotta give credit to a Coach who resigns when he feels he is not right for the team for whatever the reason rather than just hold onto job. Sounds like the guy has good charecter.

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