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Panthers hire Kevin Dineen

Updated: June 1, 2011, 7:00 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers have formally introduced Kevin Dineen as the franchise's 11th coach.

The Panthers made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday at BankAtlantic Center. Dineen replaces Pete DeBoer, who was fired April 10, one day after completing his third season behind the Florida bench.

Like DeBoer, this will be Dineen's first NHL coaching job. He had been the coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League since 2005.

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