List of Dallas Stars head coaches

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The Stars has played their home games at the American Airlines Center since 2001.

The Dallas Stars are an American professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. They play in the Central Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] The team joined the NHL in 1967 as an expansion team as the Minnesota North Stars, but moved to Dallas in 1993.[2] The Stars won their first Stanley Cup championship in 1999.[3] Having first played at the Reunion Arena, the Stars have played their home games at the American Airlines Center since 2001.[4] The current head coach is Rick Bowness on an interim basis hired promoted during the 2019–20 season.

There have been eight head coaches for the Stars' team. The team's first head coach was Bob Gainey, who coached for four seasons. In the middle of the 1995–96 season, Gainey, who was then also the general manager for the Stars, fired himself as head coach and hired Ken Hitchcock to take over.[5] Hitchcock is the team's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (585), the most regular-season game wins (319), the most regular-season points (718), the most playoff games coached (80), and the most playoff-game wins (47). Hitchcock is the only Stars coach to have won the Presidents' Trophy, winning it in 1997–98 and 1998–99, the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, winning it in 1998–99 and 1999–2000, and the Stanley Cup, winning it in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals against the Buffalo Sabres.[6][7][3] Hitchcock returned for one more season with the Stars in 2017–18. None of the Stars coaches have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder.[8]

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches[a]
GC Games coached
W Wins = 2 points
L Losses = 0 points
T Ties = 1 point
OT Overtime/shootout losses = 1 point[b]
PTS Points
Win% Winning percentage
* Spent entire NHL head coaching career with the Stars

Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the firing of Montgomery in the 2019–20 season.

# Name Term[c] Regular season Playoffs Achievements Reference
GC W L T/OT PTS Win% GC W L Win%
1 Bob Gainey 19931996 171 70 71 30 170 .497 14 6 8 .429 [9]
2 Ken Hitchcock 19962002 503 277 154 72 626 .622 80 47 33 .588 Presidents' Trophy winner (1998, 1999)[6]
Stanley Cup championship* (1999)[3]
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl winners (1999, 2000)[7]
[10]
3 Rick Wilson* 2002 32 13 11 8 34 .531 [11]
4 Dave Tippett 20022009 492 271 156 65 607 .617 47 21 26 .447 [12]
5 Marc Crawford 20092011 164 79 60 25 183 .558 [13]
6 Glen Gulutzan 20112013 130 64 57 9 137 .527 [14]
7 Lindy Ruff 20132017 328 165 122 41 371 .565 19 9 10 .474 [15]
Ken Hitchcock 20172018 82 42 32 8 92 .561 [10]
8 Jim Montgomery 20182019 113 60 43 10 130 .597 13 7 6 .538

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Stars. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Before the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.[16]
  • c Each year is linked to an article about that particular NHL season.

References[edit]

General
  • "Dallas Stars Coach Register". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
Specific
  1. ^ "Teams". NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  2. ^ Showers, Bob (2007). Minnesota North Stars: History and Memories with Lou Nanne. Beaver's Pond Press. ISBN 1-59298-197-6.
  3. ^ a b c "Stanley Cup Champions and Finalists". NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  4. ^ "Dallas Stars". American Airlines Center. Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  5. ^ Drape, Joe (1998-05-24). "The Stanley Cup Playoffs; Not Just a Pretty Face". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  6. ^ a b "Presidents' Trophy". NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  7. ^ a b "Clarence S. Campbell Bowl". NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  8. ^ "List of honoured builders". Hockey Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  9. ^ "Bob Gainey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  10. ^ a b "Ken Hitchcock Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  11. ^ "Rick Wilson Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  12. ^ "Dave Tippett Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  13. ^ "Marc Crawford Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  14. ^ "Glen Gulutzan Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
  15. ^ "Lindy Ruff Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  16. ^ "Official Rules" (PDF). NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2009-01-01.