Nov. 8, 2013: Dineen is relieved of duties as head coach of the NHL’s Florida Panthers, 16 games into regular season, and soon contacts Bob Nicholson to inquire about coaching opportunities.
“After spending a little time to get organized and reflecting on my next step, I figured I should act like I always did and be a little aggressive.”
“(Bob) called me back a few days later to fill me in on the resignation with the National Women’s Team and wanted to know if I’d be interested in that position. I immediately said yes. I was ready to commit 100% to this incredible experience.”
Dec. 17, 2013: Dineen is officially hired as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team.
“In all honesty, it was a difficult situation to step into when you didn’t know anybody from the team apart from about half a dozen people I was familiar with.”
“I knew that I had incredible layers of support, especially from the coaching staff. The day before I was officially hired, we spent a full day together and I let them know how their roles were going to expand under my leadership. We established a good level of trust and that led to a healthy situation moving forward.”
Dec. 20, 2013: Dineen akes debut as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team, a 4-1 loss to the United States.
“The number of comparable aspects was more noticeable than the differences. The one thing I expected and realized is that the women’s team is made up of a bunch of cerebral players. They were able to not only grasp but put into execution a lot of the systems I had used at the NHL level, all while integrating them to the systems that were already in place. They’re such extremely smart players that want to learn and want to play the right way, that it wasn’t an issue.”
Feb. 8, 2014: Dineen earns his first international win as a head coach, 5-0 over Switzerland in the Olympic opener in Sochi.
“It was exciting because I had a flood of emotions come back from my own Olympic experience. We walked in the opening ceremonies the night before and that’s when it really sunk in. It was an incredible feeling!” Feb. 20, 2014: Canada wins Olympic gold with a 3-2 overtime win over the United States, a game it trailed 2-0 with less than four minutes left.
“To watch how that game played out, how competitive it was by both teams, it was a great hockey game no matter the dramatic outcome. I admire our team for their composure and how the leaders in our group helped keep it together while playing through such adversity.”
“With everything that happened in that game; from the puck hitting the post on our empty net, to the three penalties called in overtime, everything was incredibly dramatic.”
March 20, 2014: Dineen is named head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team.
“The opportunity to work with this bunch of kids, most of them being draft eligible this year, was an incredible one as well. They were such an enthusiastic bunch and very motivated. Their talent level was through the roof and they were extremely hard working kids that wanted to learn.”
April 27, 2014: Canada wins bronze at the U18 world championship with a 3-1 win over Sweden.
“Obviously we wanted the gold medal, so to lose in overtime in the semifinal game was a hard pill to swallow. I’m really proud of how our guys regrouped and prepared themselves to try and represent Canada to the best they could in the circumstances. I feel like we walked out of there with a feeling of accomplishment.”
“The boys really worked hard to earn that medal and that’s something that I was really proud of afterwards. I even sent them all a personal note to let them know that I was proud of them and that I really wanted all of them to achieve one of their lifelong goals and get drafted by an NHL team.”