PORTLAND (AP) – Kevin Dineen, an 18-year NHL veteran, has been named coach of the Portland Pirates, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, the Pirates announced Monday.

Dineen succeeds Tim Army, who guided the Pirates to a 34-34-6-6 record before the team ended its 12-year affiliation with the Washington Capitals.

“As a player, Kevin was a great on-ice leader who played the game with passion,” said Brian Burke, Anaheim’s executive vice president and general manager. “Those traits will serve our prospects in Portland well in the years to come.”

Dineen, 41, collected 760 points and 2,229 penalty minutes in 1,188 games with Columbus, Ottawa, Carolina/Hartford and Philadelphia, becoming one of just eight NHL players to record more than 300 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes in a career.

After ending his playing career with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2002, the Quebec native worked for two seasons with the team’s management, assisting in player development.


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