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Toronto Marlies release associate coach Gord Dineen

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The longtime coach will not be replaced this season.

Correction: The original version of this post stated that Sheldon Keefe would “run the power play”. This was corrected to “run the penalty kill.”

This morning, before the start of the Toronto Marlies game, it was revealed that associate coach Gord Dineen was let go from the organization. Kyle Dubas addressed the firing post game:

"It was a top down organizational decision." Dubas added that Sheldon Keefe will now run the penalty kill.

Dineen was let go from his position as Associate Coach after 53 Marlies games so far this season, with the team record 28-22-3-1. Dineen was Head Coach of the Marlies for one season, 2014/15. That year the Marlies had a 40-27-0-9 record before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

His position was replaced by current Head Coach Sheldon Keefe in the off season, and resumed his role as Associate Coach.

Dineen had been with the Marlies since 2009, when he came on board as an Associate Coach after serving as Head Coach for the Iowa Chops for one season in 2008/09.

A longtime member of the Marlies coaching staff, and one of the few remaining pre-Shanahan members of the staff, he is now off to look for his next opportunity.