Stars bring back Hitch­cock as coach

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

The Dal­las Stars are bring­ing back Stan­ley Cup-win­ning coach Ken Hitch­cock, hop­ing to turn them­selves back into a cham­pi­onship con­tender.

Hitch­cock is re­turn­ing to Dal­las and will be named coach at a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day. A per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion con­firmed the hire to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity Wed­nes­day be­cause the team hadn’t an­nounced it.

Hitch­cock, 65, won the Cup with Dal­las in 1999, coach­ing there for parts of seven sea­sons from 1995-96 through 2001-02. He has since coached the Philadel­phia Fly­ers, Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets and St. Louis Blues.

Hitch­cock was fired as Blues coach in Fe­bru­ary and re­placed by Mike Yeo. Even be­fore that, St. Louis had an­nounced it was Hitch­cock’s fi­nal sea­son there and that Yeo would take over.

Hitch­cock re­places Lindy Ruff, who was fired Mon­day af­ter four sea­sons in Dal­las. The Stars missed the play­offs this year af­ter win­ning the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion last sea­son.

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