Dallas Stars’ head coach Ken Hitchcock is officially retiring from coaching after 22 years, this past season spent as coach of the Stars, and will now move to a consultant role with the team.
Hitchcock, 67, ranks third in NHL history with 823 coaching victories and ranks fourth with 1,536 games coached, further demonstrating his impressive career.
“Ken Hitchcock is an icon when it comes to head coaches, not only in hockey, but across all of sports,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said in an official statement on Friday. “He poured his whole life into better understanding in-game concepts and strategy, inspiring players and enhancing teams.
“He leaves an indelible mark on the game and his influence will be felt across the sport for years to come. We want to thank Ken for all that he has given throughout his coaching career.”
Hitchcock guided Dallas to a Stanley Cup in 1999 and has 86 playoff victories, which is ranked 9th in league history, and won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 2011-12.
Stars to Sign Jake Oettinger
Per the report, Oettinger will join the Texas Stars on an amateur tryout, and sign a three-year entry-level contract with Dallas that begins in 2019-20.
Dallas Expected to Host 2020 Winter Classic
The city of Dallas is expected to be announced as the host of the 2020 Winter Classic outdoor game, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.
While the Dallas Stars will be one of the teams playing in the annual game, the report indicates that the team they will be facing is not known at this time.
An announcement is expected tomorrow.
Stars Acquire Connor Carrick from Maple Leafs
The draft pick can become a sixth-rounder should Carrick play in more than 50 games for the Stars this season.
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