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Gord Dineen – Head Coach

Gord Dineen enters his first season as head coach with the Toronto Marlies.

Dineen, 52, was named as head coach on July 15, 2014 after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach with the Marlies.  Dineen has served as a head coach in the American Hockey League on one previous occasion, spending the 2008-09 season with the Iowa Chops, then the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. Under Dineen’s guidance, Iowa earned a record of 33-33-4-10. He has worked as both a head coach and an assistant coach in various levels of professional hockey since the 1999-00 season.

Dineen began his coaching career during the 1999-00 season as a player/coach with the Utah Grizzlies. In 50 games with the Grizzlies, he registered 18 assists and 26 penalty minutes.

He made his head coaching debut with the Macon Whoopee of the East Coast Hockey League during the 2001-02 season. The following season he served as the head coach of the Richmond Renegades, guiding them to a 35-31-6 record.

From 2003 through 2008, Dineen served as an assistant coach with four different American Hockey League teams: the Springfield Falcons (2003-04), Utah Grizzlies (2004-05), San Antonio Rampage (2005-06) and Portland Pirates (2007-08).

The Toronto, Ontario native competed in 18 seasons of professional hockey as a defenceman between 1982 and 2000. In 528 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators, he registered 106 points (16 goals, 90 assists) and 695 penalty minutes. He was selected 42nd overall in the 1981 Entry Draft by the New York Islanders.


Derek King – Associate Coach

Derek King enters his first season as an associate coach with the Toronto Marlies. King spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach with the Marlies.

The Hamilton native returned to the organization after playing 161 games for the Maple Leafs from 1997 to 2000 during which he scored 45 goals and 53 assists for 98 points. He played 14 seasons (1986 – 2000) in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Hartford Whalers, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues. In 830 games, he compiled 612 points on 261 goals and 351 assists, while adding 417 penalty minutes. King notched three 30-goal seasons, including one 40-goal season during his NHL career. He was also a player-assistant coach with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins for two seasons from 2002-03 to 2003-04. He was selected 13th overall in the 1985 Entry Draft by the Islanders.


 

Ben Simon - Assistant Coach

Ben Simon enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies.

Simon, 36, served as head coach of the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones last season. Under his direction, Cincinnati finished the regular season fifth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 41-23-4-4 for 90 points. The Shaker Heights, Ohio native led the Cyclones to the Kelly Cup Final where they were defeated by the Alaska Aces in six games.

Prior to joining Cincinnati at the start of the 2013-14 season, Simon served as an assistant coach for two seasons with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. As a rookie head coach in 2010-11, Simon led the Sheffield Steelers to the Elite Ice Hockey League Championship in England.

During his playing career, Simon skated in 81 NHL games registering 4 points and 47 penalty minutes with the Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets. Simon was originally drafted in the fifth round, 110th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 Entry Draft. Simon also appeared in 44 regular season games with the Toronto Marlies in 2009-10, collecting 8 points and 51 penalty minutes. In 481 career AHL games, Simon collected 188 points (78 goals, 110 assists) and 535 penalty minutes. Simon won a Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves during the 2001-02 season.

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