Dallas Stars Going Back To The Future With Ken Hitchcock

What's old is new again for the Dallas Stars.

According to reports the Stars will announce on Thursday the hiring (or re-hiring) of former head coach, and Stanley Cup winner, Ken Hitchcock as the new head coach of the team.

Yes it is a very nostalgic move... and the Stars are celebrating their 25th Anniversary in Dallas next season... but this move was made for much more pressing needs.

First off, Ken Hitchock is pretty much the opposite of former Stars coach Lindy Ruff. Hitch's message is defensive accountability. Offense is important but it will only come once you've got accountability at both ends of the ice.

The Stars were in a very similar situation when Hitch made his NHL debut in 1996, taking the reins from Bob Gainey. They were out of Playoff contention and needed a serious overhaul. 

With ownership adding key pieces - like good goaltending (Ed Belfour) - and Hitch's ability to get the most out of guys like Mike Modano, Brett Hull and Joe Nieuwendyk, the team kept advancing, and by 1999 they won it all - a Stanley Cup Championship, and then they went back to the Finals in 2000.


Can history repeat itself? There's still plenty of unanswered questions. 

Will ownership and management be able to find the right pieces for Hitch? 

Will his message resonate with Benn, Seguin and Spezza like it did back in the day? 

Will his age (65) be a factor?

It all remains to be seen, but for now let's Party Like It's 1999.

Here's a picture with Darryl 'Razor' Reaugh and Ken Hitchcock taken in the Spring of 2001 at Reunion Arena.

Good times..... let's bring em back!

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