aPRIL 13, 2018 | 11:01aM ET
STARS COACH HITCHCOCK ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
The Dallas Stars announced today that Head Coach Ken Hitchcock has decided to retire after 22 seasons as a head coach. He will remain with the Stars as a consultant.
“We were honored to have Ken as our head coach and it was fitting that he finished his coaching here,” said Dallas Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi. “He is a certain Hockey Hall of Fame coach and he left a lasting legacy wherever he went. He will forever be a Dallas Star and I look forward to his continued friendship.”
Hitchcock rejoined the Stars on April 13, 2017 and finished the 2017-18 regular season with a record of 40-32-8.
In his eight total seasons with the Stars, he compiled a 319-186-80 record in 585 career regular-season games. He currently ranks first in Stars franchise history in games coached (585), wins (319) and points percentage (.614).
He guided Dallas to two trips to the Stanley Cup Final and led the Stars to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship in 1999.
“Ken Hitchcock is an icon when it comes to head coaches, not only in hockey, but across all of sports,” said Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill. “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 finishes his career with a record of 823-506-207 in 1,536 career regular-season games coached with Dallas, Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis. He stands third all-time in wins and fourth in games coached.