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Lindy Ruff

Head Coach

Lindy Ruff is in his fourth season as head coach of the Dallas Stars after being hired by General Manager Jim Nill on June 21, 2013. 

Ruff led the Stars to its first division title since the 2005-06 season, and the top spot in the Western Conference, with a record of 50-23-9 (109 points) in 2015-16. The campaign marked Ruff's third career 50-win campaign, and the first time Dallas has reached 50 wins since the 2006-07 campaign. Ruff also guided the club past the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the Stars' first postseason series victory since the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs. After improving on his previous season by nine wins and 17 points, Ruff was named a finalist for the 2016 Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success.

Ruff, 56, is the fifth-winningest head coach in NHL history with a 702-517-78-114 record. He is one of only five coaches in history to ever reach the 700-victory plateau, and has the third-most wins of any active coach behind Joel Quenneville and Ken Hitchcock. Ruff is one of four individuals in League history to have coached in over 1,400 NHL contests and appeared in 600 NHL games as a player. Now in his second stint as an NHL head coach, he departed the Buffalo Sabres as the franchise's all-time leader in wins with 571.

During Ruff's tenure in Buffalo, the team made eight postseason appearances, including four trips to the Eastern Conference Final, as well as an appearance in the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. In 2006, he earned the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach, guiding his team to the Eastern Conference Final. Ruff was nominated again for the accolade in 2007 after posting consecutive 50-win campaigns and leading his club to the Presidents' Trophy, which is earned annually by the team that posts the top regular season record in the NHL.

In Ruff's 10 career postseason appearances, he has earned a 66-54 record, ranking 13th in playoff victories in NHL history. He is also one of only 24 coaches all-time to coach at least 100 postseason contests.

Ruff began his NHL coaching career as an assistant with the Florida Panthers in 1993 during the club's inaugural season and spent four seasons behind the bench with the Panther. During his time in Florida, he helped guide the club to two playoff appearances and the 1996 Stanley Cup Final.

No stranger to international competition, Ruff coached Canada's Men's National Team to a silver medal at the IIHF World Championship in 2009 and served as an associate coach for the gold medal-winning Canadian teams at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He also served as head coach for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Prior to his coaching career, the native of Warburg, Alta. played 691 games in the NHL over 12 seasons, posting 300 points (105-195=300) with Buffalo and the New York Rangers. Ruff was originally selected by Buffalo in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1979 NHL Draft. 

Ruff and his wife, Gaye, have four children: Brett, Eryn, Brian and Madeleine.

Curt Fraser

Assistant Coach 

Curt Fraser is in his fifth season as assistant coach for the Dallas Stars after spending the previous four seasons as head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, from 2008-12. While in Grand Rapids, he compiled a 146-130-40 record and is the team's franchise leader in regular-season wins (146) and games coached (316).

Fraser brings over two decades of coaching experience to the Stars, including as the first head coach in the history of the Atlanta Thrashers. Entering the 2015-16 campaign, he has coached in 1,746 career professional games, including 1,126 as a head coach. He has also worked for the Milwaukee Admirals, Syracuse Crunch, Orlando Solar Bears, New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues. Fraser served as head coach of the Belarus National Team for two seasons (2006-08), leading the squad at the 2008 IIHF World Championship and helping them qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics. In all, Fraser has coached over 1,000 games at various levels, including 279 NHL contests with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Originally selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1978 NHL Draft, Fraser played 12 years in the National Hockey League with the Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars. In 704 career regular-season games, he amassed 433 points (193-240=433) and 1,306 penalty minutes. Having grown up with dual citizenship, Fraser played internationally for both Canada (1978 IIHF World Junior Championship) and the United States (1987 Canada Cup). 

Fraser and his wife, Rhonda, are the parents of sons Casey, Jesse and Luke, and have been heavily involved with helping raise awareness and funds for diabetes research and education after he was diagnosed with diabetes in 1983.

James Patrick

Assistant Coach 

James Patrick joined the Dallas Stars coaching staff in July, 2013 as an assistant coach to serve alongside Curt Fraser. Patrick, a 21-year NHL defenseman, most recently served as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres over the previous seven seasons, working under Ruff from 2006-13, as well as Ron Rolston to finish out the 2012-13 campaign. Prior to becoming an assistant coach in Buffalo, he began the 2005-06 season as their skill development coach before finishing his playing career for Frankfurt of the German Elite League.

Originally selected by the New York Rangers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1981 NHL Draft, Patrick stands 20th amongst all NHL defensemen in games played (1,280), 29th in assists (490) and 30th in points (149-490=639). Over the course of his playing career, he spent time with the Rangers, Hartford, Calgary and Buffalo and appeared in the 1999 Stanley Cup Final with Buffalo against Dallas.

Patrick, 50, had a decorated international career, having won championships for Team Canada at the 1982 World Junior Championship and the 1987 Canada Cup, as well as bronze with the 1983 World Junior team. He also represented Canada at the 1984 Winter Olympics and the 1983, 1987, 1998 and 2002 IIHF World Championships.

The native of Winnipeg, Man. attended the University of North Dakota for two years (1981-83), winning the NCAA National Championship in 1982 while being named to the NCAA National Championship All-Tournament Team.

Jeff Reese

Goaltending Coach

Jeff Reese is in his second season as the Stars goaltending coach. He joined the Stars in June, 2015 after spending the previous six seasons in the same role with the Philadelphia Flyers. Prior to the Flyers, he spent 10 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning coaching staff, where he was responsible for working with all goaltenders in the Lightning organization, as well as assisting in the assessment of amateur goaltenders for the NHL Entry Draft. His time with the Lightning included their 2004 Stanley Cup championship.

Over parts of 11 seasons in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1987-92, 1998-99), Calgary Flames (1991-94), Hartford Whalers (1993-96), Tampa Bay (1995-96) and New Jersey Devils (1996-97), Reese posted a 53-65-17 record with a 3.66 goals against average and five shutouts in 174 career regular-season contests. In 11 appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Reese posted a 3-5 mark with a 4.08 GAA.

Reese holds NHL records for most assists and most points by a goaltender in a single game, set when he had three assists for the Calgary Flames in a game against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 10, 1993. He was selected by Toronto in the fourth round (67th overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.

Kelly Forbes

Video Coach

Kelly Forbes is in his eighth season as video coach for the Dallas Stars. Kelly works closely with the coaching staff and players, breaking down film both in-game and post-game. He also organizes video scouting reports of opposing teams for game preparation.

Forbes interned with the Dallas Stars broadcast department during the 2006-07 season and worked as a freelance television professional for teams from the NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL for three years. The Nanaimo, B.C. native graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and electronic media. Forbes played hockey at OU from 2003-06 and also skated for the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL in 2006.

Forbes resides in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and has two sons: Isaac and Ryder.