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Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (66) / 12/17/1951

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Ken Hitchcock has decided to retire from coaching.
Hitchcock is bringing an end to one of the most successful coaching careers in the history of the NHL. He compiled an 823-506-88-119 record with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and St. Louis Blues. He won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999 and the Jack Adams Award in 2012. His 823 wins are also the third most ever by a bench boss, behind only Joel Quenneville (884) and Scotty Bowman (1,244). He will continue to serve the Dallas Stars as a consultant. Apr 13 - 12:46 PM

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Ken Hitchcock picked up his 800th win behind the bench on Thursday night.

Dallas defeated Chicago 4-0 to give Hitchcock the milestone victory. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is second in NHL history in wins with 868. "Congratulations from Joel mean more than anything, because we've had so much mutual respect for each other and helped each other along the way when we were kind of in the down-and-outs," Hitchcock said. "Coming from him, it's pretty special."
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 10:11:00 AM

Ken Hitchcock is one win away from 800.

Hitchcock would become the third coach to ever reach that milestone after Scotty Bowman and Joel Quenneville. Hitchcock's first opportunity to get there will come on Friday when his Dallas Stars play against New Jersey.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 03:07:00 PM

Ken Hitchcock has been working hard to rebuild the Stars into a more 'greasy' team.

The term 'greasy' can describe a hard working team but can also mean combative, edgy or intense. "You saw today how we're built," Hitchcock said. "This is what we've got, this is our team. This is the way we're built, and we can really play greasy hockey. We're going to have to. That's a hard way to play, but it's effective." After 20 games, the Stars have a disappointing 10-9-1 record. They have improved defensively, but still sit in the bottom half of the league in goals against. Something they'll need to continue to work on if they wish to truly turn their season around.
Source: SportsDay
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 10:29:00 AM

The Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The NHL and the Stars made the announcement on Saturday. The event will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center. "It will be the first time this city has hosted this signature event and we believe it's a fitting way to help celebrate the 25th anniversary season of the Dallas Stars franchise," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "The Stars organization has led the way in turning a non-traditional hockey market into a hockey market. Your involvement in promoting and supporting youth hockey in the greater dallas area, comes from rink initiatives and sponsoring youth hockey teams. It's not only inspiring, but it's a model that all NHL clubs in non-traditional markets aspire to."
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 10:07:00 AM

The Stars will be shopping for a left-handed shooting defenseman to play alongside John Klingberg this off-season.

There was some talk that Dallas would trade it's first-round pick to get an elite blueliner but that did not take place Friday night. Look for the Stars to kick the tires on Karl Alzner and Brian Campbell, who both shoot left.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 10:09:00 AM

The Dallas Stars have hired Rick Wilson and Stu Barnes to serve as assistant coaches.

Dallas also announced that Curt Fraser is staying on as an assistant coach. Wilson was previously a coach with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars from 1992-2009. That includes when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999. He was briefly the team's head coach in 2001-02 and had a 13-11-7 record before becoming an associate coach until 2009. After that he coached with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild, and then joined Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis. Barnes also has a history with the Stars as he was an assistant coach for them from 2008-11. "We are very happy to have Rick, Stu and Curt returning to the Stars organization and rounding out Ken's staff," said GM Jim Nill. "The three have a unique familiarity with the club from the time they spent here, and we're excited for the wealth of knowledge and experience they will add to our coaching staff."
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 01:25:00 PM

The Dallas Stars did not protect Dan Hamhuis and many veteran forwards for the upcoming expansion draft.

Ales Hemsky, Patrick Sharp and Cody Eakin are a few of the forwards left off the list. The Stars did protect the following players: Jamie Benn, Radek Faksa, Valeri Nichushkin, Brett Ritchie, Antoine Roussel, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Stephen Johns, John Klingberg, Esa Lindell and Ben Bishop. We would not be surprised if Vegas opted to draft Hamhuis who could provide veteran leadership on the blueline, although there are other possibilities on the Stars unprotected list that may interest Golden Knights' GM George McPhee.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 11:56:00 AM

Dallas may be willing to trade the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson reported on Tuesday night that the Stars have their eyes on Vancouver defender Chris Tanev. Matheson thinks the Canucks could move the fifth overall selection to Dallas in the trade. Vancouver is reluctant to trade Tanev this summer, but he is receiving plenty of interest around the league.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 08:58:00 AM

If the Dallas Stars wanted to acquire a goaltender, the lead up to the expansion draft might be an ideal time for them.

Each team can only shield a single goaltender from the expansion draft, but between Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi, the Stars don't have a goaltender they should really want to protect. Instead they might be able to come to an agreement with a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins, who will likely lose a goaltender to Vegas in the expansion draft under the present set of conditions. While Pittsburgh is currently benefiting from the luxury of having Marc-Andre Fleury while Matt Murray is hurt, the Penguins might still trade one of the two goaltenders before the expansion draft on June 21 rather than losing one to Vegas in exchange for nothing. A team like Dallas, with a free slot to protect such a goaltender, could benefit from these circumstances.
Mon, May 8, 2017 09:56:00 AM

New/old Stars' coach Ken Hitchcock will implement a system that will help the Dallas goalies.

Who those goalies will be is another story. Whether Antti Niemi and/or Kari Lehtonen return or the Stars sign a free agent such as Ben Bishop, Dallas' goals against average and quality chance against stats will improve. Bear that in mind on draft day.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017 12:04:00 PM

Ken Hitchcock's new contract with the Dallas Stars is a multi-year agreement.

On top of that, once the contract is up and Hitchcock eventually steps back from coaching, he'll begin a new consulting deal with the Dallas Stars. Hitchcock is 65 years old and will turn 66 in December, so there was some speculation that he was only joining Dallas on a one-year deal, but that's not the case.
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 05:47:00 PM

Ken Hitchcock believes the Stars "has the players here for a very quick turnaround."

He was introduced to the media Thursday as the next coach of Dallas and he is excited to be back with the organization. "I was selfish because I saw the reckless energy and I saw the spirit that this team played with, and I thought I could really help," said Hitchcock. "I saw something special. I saw something special in the captain, in Jamie, I saw something special in the good players, and I saw something special in the spirit. I know I can get that back quickly." He is confident that he can help the Stars defensively and Benn thinks that will come without stifling the team's offense.
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 10:39:00 AM

Ken Hitchcock has officially been named as the Dallas Stars' head coach.

This will be Hitchcock's second stint with Dallas as he was the Stars' bench boss from 1995-96 until he was fired during the 2001-02 campaign. During his time with Dallas, he won the Stanley Cup in 1999. Hitchcock has gone on to become one of the winningest coaches of all-time with a 781-474-88-111 career record. "Ken is an exceptionally talented coach and we could not be happier to have him joining the organization," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "He is a meticulous coach who brings with him an emphasis on structure and a defensive style of play, which will accent our level of skill nicely. Ken has an incredible hockey mind and we look forward to his guidance on the ice."
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 12:12:00 PM

According to two NHL sources, Ken Hitchcock will be named the new head coach of the Dallas Stars Thursday morning.

He will be announced as the Stars' seventh head coach since the franchise moved from Minnesota in 1993. If you remember, Hitchcock was also the second of the team until he was dismissed in 2001-2. The Stars won the Stanley Cup under his tutelage in 1999. Hitchcock was fired by the Blues this past February.
Wed, Apr 12, 2017 02:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Martin Hanzal
4Radek Faksa
5Gemel Smith
LW1Jamie Benn
2Mattias Janmark
3Antoine Roussel
4Roope Hintz
RW1Alexander Radulov
2Brett Ritchie
3Devin Shore
4Tyler Pitlick
D1John Klingberg
2Esa Lindell
3Marc Methot
4Dan Hamhuis
5Stephen Johns
6Julius Honka
7Greg Pateryn
G1Ben Bishop
2Kari Lehtonen