Ken Hitchcock is returning to the Dallas Stars. The native of Edmonton, Alberta was named the head coach of the Stars on Thursday for a second time in his coaching career.
Hitchcock previously coached the Stars from 1995 to 2002. While with Dallas, he won a Stanley Cup in 1999. In 503 regular season games, Hitchcock had a record of 277 wins, 154 regulation losses and 72 games where the Stars either tied or lost in overtime or a shootout.
After coaching the Stars, Hitchcock coached the Philadelphia Flyers from 2002 to 2006, the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2006 to 2010 and the St. Louis Blues from 2011 to 2017.
Hitchcock's regular season career winning percentage of .606 is extremely impressive. His 781 coaching wins is fourth all-time in National Hockey League history. He only trails Scotty Bowman (1244 wins), Joel Quenneville (851 wins) and Al Arbour (782 wins). Interestingly Hitchcock takes over Lindy Ruff in Dallas. Ruff is fifth all-time in NHL regular season wins with 736.
The Stats missed the playoffs during the 2016-17 National Hockey League regular season. At 79 points, the Stars finished 11th in the Western Conference and 15 points back of the Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators, who finished seventh and eighth in the Western Conference with 94 points.