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CALGARY -- With less than two months to go until the Sochi Olympics, Kevin Dineen will have to hit the ground running as the new head coach of the Canadian womens hockey team. Christian Eriksen Hotspur Jersey . Dineen was named to the post Tuesday, just a few days after Dan Churchs surprise resignation. Dineen was signed for the remainder of the season and will guide the defending champions at the Feb. 7-23 Winter Games. "This has been a whirlwind few days but when this opportunity presented itself I immediately jumped at it," Dineen said at a news conference. Its the first international coaching job for Dineen, who served as head coach of the NHLs Florida Panthers for parts of three seasons until he was fired last month. He previously served as head coach of the AHLs Portland Pirates for six seasons (2005-11). "Were very excited that Kevin will join the coaching staff of Canadas national womens team and bring his unique perspective to the dressing room," Hockey Canada chief operating officer Scott Smith said in a statement. "Kevin has had success in both the AHL and NHL, and were looking forward to him being a part of the staff for the final push towards Sochi." Dineen, a 50-year-old who was born in Quebec City and raised in Toronto, also played in 1,188 NHL regular-season games, scoring 355 goals and adding 405 assists. He succeeds Church, who unexpectedly stepped down last week. Church said he felt there was a lack of confidence in his ability to coach Canada to a gold medal at the Games. Assistants Lisa Haley and Danielle Goyette handled the coaching duties in Canadas 5-1 loss to the archrival United States in an exhibition game last Thursday in Calgary. The two womens hockey powers meet again Friday in an exhibition game in Grand Forks, N.D. As a player, Dineen represented Canada on six occasions. He made four appearances at the IIHF world hockey championship, winning silver in 1985 and 1989. He won a Canada Cup in 1987 and just missed the podium at the 1984 Winter Games, when Canada settled for a fourth-place finish at Sarajevo. "I am a product of Hockey Canada," Dineen said. "Ive had the opportunity to represent my country on the international stage. I may have a little unfinished business from my Olympic experience." The Canadian womens team is aiming to win Olympic gold for the fourth straight time. "This is a critical time for Canadas national womens team with the start of the Olympics less than two months away, and we feel Kevin is a terrific fit with our staff as we get ready for Sochi," said general manager Melody Davidson. "His experience, both on the ice and behind the bench, will be invaluable over the coming weeks." Dineen, Goyette, Haley and Davidson will work together to finalize Canadas roster for Sochi over the coming weeks. "Things are happening pretty quickly," Dineen said. "I know Im hopping on a moving train here and will rely heavily on the whole coaching staff, and Lisa and Danielle, to help this initial stage for a couple of weeks." Twenty-four players remain in centralization, including three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 14 forwards. Canadas final roster for the Sochi Games will include 21 players, including three goaltenders. Fernando Llorente Hotspur Jersey .com) - Nino Williams posted 18 points and seven rebounds, as Kansas State edged No. Fernando Llorente Jersey . The Braves optioned outfielder Jose Constanza to Triple-A Gwinnett. As expected, the Braves also called up right-hander Julio Teheran from Gwinnett to start Sundays game and optioned backup catcher J.Sky Academy Sports Scholar Siobhan-Marie OConnor has been unveiled as part of the GB swimming squad to compete at the Rio Olympics. The 26 athletes, including world and European champion Adam Peaty, secured their spots for Brazil following last weeks National Championships in Glasgow.Team GB will be desperate for the British swimmers to improve on a very disappointing home Olympics at London in 2012 where they picked up just two bronzes (Becky Adlington) and a silver (Michael Jamieson). Britain will take a swimming team of 26 to the Olympic Games. Sky Sports News HQs Gail Davis has been speaking to Siobhan-Marie OConnor. But hopes for the summer will be high with a youthful squad impressing over the last two years and scooping a record haul of medals at last years World Championships in Kazan.This will be the second Games for OConnor, who also won bronze in the 200m individual medley in Russia last summer.Im so excited to be officially selected for the Rio Olympics, the 20-year-old Sky Academy Sports Scholar said.I am now on my Road to Rio. Having been a part of the team in London, I hope that the experiences I have from there will help me achieve the results Im looking for in Rio. Skys Sportswomen followed Sioobhan-Marie OConnor on her fight for Rio qualification Ive worked so hard for this summer and Im excited that its now official. Danny Rose Hotspur Jersey. OConnor was in dazzling form in Scotland for the Olympic trials. After booking her Rio spot with victories in the 100m freestyle and her favoured 200m individual medley, the Bath swimmer then eased home to win the 100m breaststroke.Peaty and OConnor will be joined by fellow world champion James Guy and world individual medallist Jazz Carlin as well as four members of the World Championship-winning mens 4x200m freestyle relay squad. Adam Peaty will be hoping for more success in Rio Mark England, Team GBs chef de mission for Rio 2016, said: After some strong performances at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow we are excited to welcome this talented group of swimmers onto Team GB for this years Olympics.The athletes selected have shown that they are capable of producing performances at the highest level and among the ranks are world and European champions as well as athletes capable of swimming world-record times. British swimming head coach Bill Furniss names 26-strong team for Rio - and claims all athletes are there to do a job This group has fantastic potential and I am excited about watching them compete for Team GB in Brazil.GB swimming squad for Olympics: James Guy, Adam Peaty, Max Litchfield, Jazz Carlin, Siobhan-Marie OConnor, Andrew Willis, Hannah Miley, Ben Proud, Chloe Tutton, Ross Murdoch, Stephen Milne, Robbie Renwick, Duncan Scott, Craig Benson, Fran Halsall, Molly Renshaw, Chris Walker-Hebborn, Tim Shuttleworth, Aimee Willmott, Eleanor Faulkner, Georgia Coates, Camilla Hattersley, Georgia Davies, Cameron Kurle, Ieuan Lloyd, Daniel Wallace Also See: About the Scholarship Meet the athletes Blogs Videos Galleries ' ' ' 



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