"Kevin brings proven leadership qualities, having served as an alternate captain and captain for several of his teams during his 19-year NHL career," said VP and GM Stan Bowman. "He will bring another well respected voice to our coaching staff and we look forward to his contributions to our team."
Dineen, 50, most recently led the Canadian women's national team to a gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Prior to his work with Team Canada, he served as the head coach of the Panthers from 2011 to 2013, helping the club to their first-ever Southeast Division championship in 2011-12. He also served as head coach for the AHL's Portland Pirates from 2005 to 2011, winning the AHL's Coach of the Year award in 2005-06.
"I am thrilled to join Joel Quenneville, a future hall of fame coach, and Mike Kitchen, as we strive to reach the ultimate goal in professional hockey," said Dineen. "After spending time speaking with John McDonough, Stan Bowman and Al MacIsaac it is easy to understand why the Chicago Blackhawks are considered one of the top franchises in all of professional sports. Starting with Rocky Wirtz and continuing through the rest of the organization, the measure of success is very high in Chicago. I look forward to supporting the coaching staff and working with some of the best players in the National Hockey League."
The Quebec City, Quebec, native played 19 NHL seasons from 1984 to 2003, posting 760 points (355g, 405a) in 1,188 career games with Hartford, Philadelphia, Carolina, Ottawa and Columbus.