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.