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Dallas Stars Hire Marc Crawford

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Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced Thursday that the club has hired Marc Crawford as the 20th head coach in franchise history, and has relieved Dave Tippett of his head coaching duties. Crawford will be formally introduced at a press conference this afternoon at American Airlines Center.

 
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Crawford, 48, is the 16th winningest coach in NHL history with 470 career victories, and has also coached the 15th most games in league history at 987, over 13 seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings. He has posted a 43-40 all-time mark in Stanley Cup Playoff games, including the 1996 Stanley Cup championship with Colorado, as well as five division titles and six seasons of 40-or-more wins. Crawford remains the youngest recipient of the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year (1995 with Quebec, at the age of 34).
 
“I am very excited that we have been able to secure Marc Crawford as head coach of the Dallas Stars,” Nieuwendyk said. “Marc is a winner with extensive experience in this league, and I am confident he will get the most out of our hockey club. I look forward to working with him as we prepare for the 2009-10 season and beyond. Dave Tippett did a very good job in his six seasons here with the Stars, however it was my feeling that our team needed a new direction moving forward.”
 
Crawford remains the all-time winningest coach in Vancouver Canucks history with 246 wins over seven seasons from 1999-2006. The Canucks made the playoffs in four of his last five seasons as head coach. Crawford began his NHL coaching career with Quebec in 1994 and, after the Nordiques relocated to Denver in 1996, became the third-youngest coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup.
 
The native of Belleville, Ont., served as the head coach for Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, finishing first in its pool and advancing to the semifinals before losing to the eventual champions, Czech Republic. Crawford spent three seasons as the head coach of St. John's in the American Hockey League from 1991-94, where he won the 1993 Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year, and two campaigns with the Cornwall Royals of the Ontario Hockey League from 1989-91.
 
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Crawford was selected in the fourth round (No. 70 overall) of the 1980 Entry Draft by Vancouver, and skated in 176 career NHL games, all with the Canucks, recording 19 goals and 31 assists for 50 points. He made his NHL debut with Vancouver during the 1981-82 season, which he split between the Canucks and the Dallas Black Hawks of the Central Hockey League.
 
“I’m very excited and honored to have been selected as head coach of the Dallas Stars,” said Crawford. “This is a winning organization and I look forward to building upon the success that it has earned over the years. This club has a great deal of potential, and I’m eager to get to work in restoring the franchise to among the league’s elite.”
 
Dave Tippett
Tippett, 47, posted a record of 271-162-59 in six seasons (2002-2009) as head coach of the Stars. He led the club to two division titles (2002-03 and 2005-06), playoff appearances in five of his six seasons, including five straight from 2002-03 through 2007-08, and the Western Conference Finals in 2008.
 
Tippett was hired as the 19th head coach in franchise history on May 21, 2002 from the Los Angeles Kings, where he had spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach. He had previously served as general manager/head coach of the Houston Aeros in the International Hockey League, leading the club to the 1999 Turner Cup championship.
 
Additionally, Mark Lamb was relieved of his duties after six seasons as an assistant coach with the club. The remainder of the coaching staff will continue to be evaluated.



CRAWFORD'S CAREER COACHING RECORD

 
 
 
Regular Season 
 
Playoffs 
Season
Club
League
Gms
W
L
T/OL
 
Gms
W
L
1989-90
Cornwall
OHL
66
24
38
4
 
6
2
4
1990-91
Cornwall
OHL
66
23
42
1
 
-
-
-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1991-92
St. John's
AHL
80
39
29
12
 
16
11
5
1992-93#
St. John's
AHL
80
41
26
13
 
9
4
5
1993-94
St. John's
AHL
80
45
23
12
 
11
6
5
                     
1994-95^
Quebec
NHL
48
30
13
5
 
6
2
4
1995-96*
Colorado
NHL
82
47
25
10
 
22
16
6
1996-97
Colorado
NHL
82
49
24
9
 
17
10
7
1997-98
Colorado
NHL
82
39
26
17
 
7
3
4
1998-99
Vancouver
NHL
37
8
23
6
 
-
-
-
1999-00
Vancouver
NHL
82
30
29
23
 
-
-
-
2000-01
Vancouver
NHL
82
36
28
18
 
4
0
4
2001-02
Vancouver
NHL
82
42
30
10
 
6
2
4
2002-03
Vancouver
NHL
82
45
23
14
 
14
7
7
2003-04
Vancouver
NHL
82
43
24
15
 
7
3
4
2005-06
Vancouver
NHL
82
42
32
8
 
-
-
-
2006-07
Los Angeles
NHL
82
27
41
14
 
-
-
-
2007-08
Los Angeles
NHL
82
32
43
7
 
-
-
-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NHL Totals
 
987
470
361
156
 
83
43
40
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

# Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award winner (AHL Coach of the Year)
^ Jack Adams Award winner (NHL Coach of the Year)
* Stanley Cup champions
 
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