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Dallas Stars continue shakeup, name Jeff Cogen new president @NHLdotcom

DALLAS - The Dallas Stars continued to shake up their front office Wednesday, naming Jeff Cogen team president in place of Jim Lites, who is moving full-time to Hicks Sports Marketing Group.

Cogen had been serving as president of baseball's Texas Rangers, which is also owned by Tom Hicks. No timetable for hiring a replacement with the Rangers was announced.

"The Stars franchise and the Stars fans need a man like Cogen, and I need Jim Lites working full-time on the national and international expansion and marketing of our properties," Hicks said in a statement.

Hicks also owns Liverpool FC and said Lites would focus on building a new stadium for the English Premiership side and a new arena for the Stars in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, Texas.

The latest moves follow Tuesday's firing of Stars general manager Doug Armstrong and the promotion of Brett Hull and Les Jackson to interim co-general managers.

Cogen served as Rangers president for the last three years and has over 20 years experience in professional sports. Prior to his stint with the Rangers, he served as chief operating officer for the NHL's Florida Panthers from 2001-2004.

Lites has served as president of the Stars in each of the club's 14 seasons in Dallas. Last year, he also assumed leadership as president of newly-formed Hicks Sports Marketing Group.

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