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Stars name Pete DeBoer as new head coach

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Stars named Pete DeBoer as the team’s head coach on Tuesday. This comes after DeBoer was fired from coaching the Las Vegas Knights on May 16. 

DeBoer replaces Rick Bowness, who announced on May 20 that he would be stepping away from coaching the Dallas hockey team. 

DeBoer most recently was the head coach of the Knights over the course of three seasons, which included taking the Knights to the 2020 Western Conference Final against the Stars. DeBoer also led the Knights to the semifinal round in both the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Welcome to #TexasHockey, coach!

Pete DeBoer has officially been named the 25th head coach in franchise history.

— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 21, 2022

Stars General Manager Jim Nill said that the team is excited to welcome DeBoer and his family to Dallas. 

“Pete brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room, and we’re thrilled to name him our next head coach,” Nill said. “Every team that he has taken over has not only shown immediate improvement but has been ultra-competitive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has taken five teams to the Conference Finals, and two of those to the Stanley Cup Final, in his 14 years as a head coach. His resume displays the high standards he sets and his ability to get his team to play up to that level consistently.”  

With a record of 513-379-123 in 1,015 games coached over 14 NHL teams, DeBoer ranks sixth in wins and second in games coached.  

“Over the last few seasons, I have seen firsthand what the Stars are building with a mix of dynamic young players and established leaders,” DeBoer said. “The chance to become this team’s next head coach was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. I would like to thank Tom Gaglardi and Jim Nill for the chance to help guide this team as we work together to bring another Stanley Cup to Dallas.”