Posted January 09, 2013 on AP on Fox
Florida coach Kevin Dineen ran a practice during the NHL lockout at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where his daughter plays hockey. Hannah Dineen's team had a game on Wednesday. Her father was 1,500 miles away - and is beyond eager for the chance to coach his real team again. There might not be many teams with more reason for optimism going into this delayed and shortened NHL season than the Panthers, who ended a 12-year playoff drought last spring by winning the Southeast Division and bring back virtually every key part of the team that took eventual Stanley Cup finalist New Jersey to overtime in Game 7 of their first-round series. ''That's part of our identity now,'' Dineen said. ''We were a team that wasn't looked upon as a top-notch team in the league and I think winning our division is something to be proud of and something to build off. We were all looking forward to getting started in September, and even though it's January we're all still looking forward to le...
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