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Marc Crawford To Coach His 1,000th Game Friday

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Frisco, Tex. --
Dallas Stars Head Coach Marc Crawford will reach 1,000 NHL games as an NHL head coach this Friday, October 30, when the Stars host the Florida Panthers at American Airlines Center. Crawford will become just the 15th coach in NHL history to serve behind the bench for 1,000 games.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be a head coach in the National Hockey League,” said Crawford. “Reaching 1,000 games as a head coach is something I am very proud of. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each of the five great cities that I have coached in and I have a lot of good memories. I’d like to thank the general managers that I have worked for, that gave me the opportunity to work in this league – Cliff Fletcher in Toronto, Pierre Lacriox in Quebec & Colorado, Brian Burke & Dave Nonis in Vancouver, Dean Lombardi in Los Angeles, and Joe Nieuwendyk in Dallas.

“I’d also like to thank all of the people who have been a big part of everything over the years – the equipment guys, the trainers, the hockey staff, the assistant coaches – these are the people who do a lion’s share of the work behind the scenes. Without their dedication and commitment, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And of course I’d like to thank my wonderful wife Helene and my family for their love and support over the years.”

Crawford, 48, was named as the 20th head coach in Stars history on June 11, 2009. He ranks as the 16th winningest coach in NHL history with 475 victories, winning five division titles and achieving six seasons of 40-or-more wins. Crawford won the 1996 Stanley Cup as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. He remains the youngest recipient of the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year (1995 with Quebec at the age of 34).

The Stars have gotten off to a 5-2-4 start for 14 points in their first 11 games under Crawford.

All-Time NHL Coaches With 1,000+ Games Behind The Bench:
Coach Games Record Teams Stanley Cups
Scotty Bowman 2,141 (30 seasons) 1,244-573-324 STL, MTL, BUF, PIT, DET 9 (5 MTL, 1 PIT, 3 DET)
Al Arbour 1,607 (23 seasons) 782-577-248 STL, NYI 4 (all NYI)
Dick Irvin 1,449 (27 seasons) 692-527-230 CHI, TOR, MTL 4 (1 TOR, 3 MTL)
Mike Keenan 1,386 (20 seasons) 672-531-183 PHI,CHI,NYR,STL,VAN,BOS,FLA,CGY 1 (NYR)
Pat Quinn 1,330* (21 seasons) 663-486-181 PHI, LA, VAN, TOR, EDM 0
Bryan Murray 1,239 (18 seasons) 620-465-154 WSH, DET, FLA, ANA, OTT 0
Ron Wilson 1,182* (17 seasons) 553-468-161 ANA, WSH, SJ, TOR 0
Jacques Lemaire 1,140* (17 seasons) 546-417-177 MTL, NJ, MIN, NJ 1 (NJ)
Jacques Martin 1,109* (16 seasons) 523-411-175 STL, OTT, FLA, MTL 0
Billy Reay 1,102 (16 seasons) 516-335-161 TOR, CHI 0
Brian Sutter 1,028 (15 seasons) 451-417-160 STL, BOS, CGY, CHI 0
Pat Burns 1,019 (15 seasons) 501-353-165 MTL, TOR, BOS, NJ 1 (NJ)
Jacques Demers 1,007 (14 seasons) 409-468-130 QUE, STL, DET, MTL, TB 1 (MTL)
Roger Neilson 1,000 (16 seasons) 460-378-162 TOR,BUF,VAN,LA,NYR,FLA,PHI,OTT 0
Marc Crawford 998* (15 seasons*) 475-363-160 QUE, COL, VAN, LA, DAL 1 (COL)
* = active (stats through games of Oct. 27)


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