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TEAM DINEEN: Kevin Dineen is Canadian Women's Team Coach for Olympics

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TORONTO - Former Panthers coach Kevin Dineen surfaced Monday as the new coach of the Canadian national women's hockey team.

Dineen, fired on Nov. 8 after three years with Florida, is still under contract by the Panthers and will be paid by the team.

"It's fantastic. It's too bad it didn't work out here for him, but this wasn't the end of his coaching days for sure,'' Florida's Erik Gudbranson said.

"I think he'll fit that program well.''

Dineen replaces Dan Church who abruptly left the team last week with the Olympics a few weeks away.

"This has been a whirlwind few days but when this opportunity presented itself I immediately jumped at it,” Dineen told reporters before running his first Team Canada practice in Calgary.