Kevin Dineen new coach of Canada's women's Olympic hockey team

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Kevin Dineen has been hired as coach of Canada's women's hockey team following his firing last month as coach of the Florida Panthers.

Dineen succeeds Dan Church, who unexpectedly resigned last week less than two months before the Sochi Olympics. Church felt there was a lack of confidence in his ability to win a gold medal.

This the first international coaching job for Dineen, a former NHL player. He coached the Panthers for just more than two seasons and is the only coach to win a division championship for the club. At the time of his dismissal, the Panthers were off to one of the worst starts in the league this year.

Assistants Lisa Haley and Danielle Goyette handled the coaching in Canada's 5-1 exhibition loss to the U.S. last week in Calgary. The two women's hockey powers play again Friday in Grand Forks, N.D.

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