Portland, ME – It took Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen a little longer than he would have liked, but he finally reached a milestone as coach of the Portland Pirates by surpassing former Pirates coach Barry Trotz for all-time wins with 190 victories with the Pirates.
Dineen was hired to be the bench boss in Portland back in the summer of 2005 when then Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke brought on the novice coach. In his first season, he took his team to overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to the Hershey Bears. Despite, not winning the Calder Cup, he impressed enough people to be named winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri award, named to the AHL’s Coach of the Year.
After a disappointing second season in Portland, he returned once again returned to form with the Portland Pirates as the affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, guiding his team to a 45-26-5-4 record in the regular season. For the second time in three seasons, he’d make an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals, losing another epic Game 7 to the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins.
During the summer, it appeared the Pirates would have a new coach in Portland, but in August, the Pirates new NHL affiliate, Buffalo Sabres, announced that they had hired Dineen to coach their prospects.
In Dineen’s four seasons with Portland, he’s posted an all-time record of 190-163-22 record as he passed Barry Trotz record of 189-142-42.
Trotz, who previously held the record for more than a decade, is currently the head coach of the Nashville Predators, a position he’s held since 1997, and a member of the Pirates’ Hall of Fame.
It’s certain with the accomplishments of Dineen; it’s safe to say he’s punched his name into the Pirates’ Hall of Fame.