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Kevin Dineen Battles Lifelong Illness

Former professional hockey player had a hard time coming to grips with Crohn’s disease. “It was a real eye-opening experience because [a quick fix] is just not the way it works,” Dineen told in 2010. “This is a chronic, debilitating disease that’s with you for life.”

As it did for many of the other professional athletes, Crohn’s struck at the beginning of Dineen’s promising career. But he gained control of the disease and played 16 more years in the . Today Dineen coaches the Florida Panthers in the NHL.

Dineen participated with the numerous times during his career. He spent the 1983–84 with the club, scoring five goals and 16 points in 52 games, and appeared in seven games with Canada at the 1984 Winter Olympics held in Sarajevo, where he had no points in seven games.

In 1985, Dineen played with Canada at the 1985 World Ice Hockey Championships, scoring three goals and five points in ten games. He represented Canada once again at the 1987 World Ice Hockey Championships, scoring four goals and six points in nine games. At the 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships, Dineen scored three goals and ten points in ten games, while at the 1993 World Ice Hockey Championships, Dineen had a goal and three points in eight games.

He also represented the National Hockey League at Rendez-vous ’87 in Quebec City. In the two game series against the Soviet Union, Dineen had a goal.

Dineen, 50, most recently coached the Canadian women’s national team to a gold medal in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In addition to winning gold in Sochi, he led Canada’s under-18 men’s team to a bronze medal at the world championship in Finland in April.

He previously was the head coach of the Florida Panthers from 2011 to 2013. He also was the head coach of the AHL’s Portland Pirates from 2005 to 2011.

The Chicago Blackhawks hired Kevin Dineen as an assistant coach on Monday.

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