Complete List Of Dallas Stars Head Coaches In Order

List Of Dallas Stars Head Coaches In Order

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The Dallas Stars, formerly the Minnesota North Stars before relocating in 1993, have been an integral part of the NHL for decades. Their journey from Minnesota to Texas has seen a range of talented coaches take the helm, each leaving their unique mark on the team. From Stanley Cup triumphs to rebuilding years, the head coaches of the Dallas Stars have faced it all. Here’s a comprehensive look at those who have led the Stars:

1 – Bob Gainey (1992-1996)

Born in 1953 in Peterborough, Ontario. Gainey played for the Montreal Canadiens (1973–1989). He also served as the head coach for the Minnesota North Stars (1990–1991) and an executive role with the Montreal Canadiens.

2 – Ken Hitchcock (1996-2002, 2017-2018)

Born in 1951 in Edmonton, Alberta. Hitchcock didn’t play in the NHL. He also coached the Philadelphia Flyers (2002–2006), Columbus Blue Jackets (2006–2010), and St. Louis Blues (2011–2017).

3 – Rick Wilson (2002, Interim)

Born in 1950 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Wilson played for the Montreal Canadiens (1973–1977). He has had multiple assistant coaching roles across the NHL.

4 – Dave Tippett (2002-2009)

Born in 1961 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Tippett played for the Hartford Whalers (1983–1990) and the Washington Capitals (1990–1992). He also coached the Arizona Coyotes (2009-2017) and the Edmonton Oilers (2019-2021).

5 – Marc Crawford (2009-2011)

Born in 1961 in Belleville, Ontario. Crawford played for the Vancouver Canucks (1981–1987). He also coached the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche (1994–1998), Vancouver Canucks (1998–2006), Los Angeles Kings (2006–2008), and Ottawa Senators (2019).

6 – Glen Gulutzan (2011-2013)

Born in 1971 in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. Gulutzan never played in the NHL. He later coached the Calgary Flames (2016–2018) and held assistant roles with other NHL teams.

7 – Lindy Ruff (2013-2017)

Born in 1960 in Warburg, Alberta. Ruff played for the Buffalo Sabres (1979–1989) and the New York Rangers (1989–1991). He also coached the Buffalo Sabres (1997–2013) and the New Jersey Devils (2020-2021).

8 – Jim Montgomery (2018-2019)

Born in 1969 in Montreal, Quebec. Montgomery played for the St. Louis Blues (1993–1994), Montreal Canadiens (1994–1995), Philadelphia Flyers (1996–1998), San Jose Sharks (1999–2000), and Dallas Stars (2001–2003). He also served as a coach in collegiate and minor league hockey.

9 – Rick Bowness (2019-2022)

Rick Bowness was born in 1955 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Bowness played for the Atlanta Flames (1975–1979), Detroit Red Wings (1979–1981), and St. Louis Blues (1983–1984). He has also coached the Winnipeg Jets (1988–1989), Boston Bruins (1991–1992), Ottawa Senators (1992–1996), and the  New York Islanders (1996–1998).

10 – Peter DeBoer (2022 – present)

Born in 1968 in Dunnville, Ontario. DeBoer was not a player in NHL. He has also led the New Jersey Devils (2011–2014), San Jose Sharks (2015–2019), and Vegas Golden Knights (2020– 2021).

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