Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill reported today that the group had named Ken Hitchcock as head coach.
“Ken is an exceptionally talented coach, and we could not be happier to have him joining the organization,” said 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.”
Hitchcock enters his second stint as head coach of the Stars, having already spent the initial seven periods of his NHL head guiding profession behind the Dallas seat from 1996-2002. In his first tour with Dallas, Hitchcock earned a 277-154-72 record in 503 games as head coach. He currently ranks first in Stars franchise history in games coached (503), wins (277) and points percentage (.622). Hitchcock likewise amassed a 47-33 record in 80 Stanley Cup Playoff diversions amid his initial residency with the Stars, showing up in the postseason. He guided Dallas to two excursions to the Stanley Cup Final and drove the Stars to the establishment’s first Stanley Cup title in 1999.
“Ken Hitchcock is an established NHL coach that everyone here in Dallas is familiar with, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the organization,” said Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi. “A proven winner, Hitchcock knows exactly what it takes to be successful in this League, and he is the perfect fit for what this team needs. His familiarity with the city of Dallas and the Stars organization added to his appeal, and I’m confident that will he will greatly help our group in some areas.”
The native of Edmonton, Alta. Possesses a record of 781-474-199 in 1,454 career games coached over 21 seasons with Dallas, Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis. Hitchcock’s 1,454 diversions behind the seat rank fifth in NHL history, while he positions fourth with 781 and is one win far from tying Al Arbor for third on the League’s unsurpassed wins list.The bench boss guided his teams to eight division titles (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2011-12 and 2014-15) and two Presidents Trophies (1997-98 and 1998-99). Hitchcock was also named the Jack Adams Award winner in 2011-12.
Amid his 21-season coaching career, Hitchcock showed up in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, storing up an 86-82 record in 168 postseason diversions drilled. Hitchcock positions eighth record-breaking in postseason recreations instructed (168) and ninth in postseason wins (86), while he stands third among all dynamic NHL mentors in both classes. He made five trips to the Conference Finals (1998, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2016), proceeding to two Stanley Cup Finals (1999 and 2000) and winning the Stanley Cup in 1999 with Dallas.
Hitchcock has likewise spoken to Team Canada on a few events on the international stage. He was named to Team Canada for the 2008 IIHF World Championship, driving the squad to the silver decoration. Furthermore, Hitchcock has filled in as an Associate Coach on Team Canada five times in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2014, while he helped his groups win gold at 2002, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. He was additionally named an associate mentor for Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Championships and the 1987 IIHF World Junior Championships, with his teams taking home the gold medal at both.