Today, the Dallas Stars have announced that Lindy Ruff and the team have come to terms and Ruff will become the team’s 22nd head coach in franchise history. The team will introduce Coach Ruff to the Metroplex at a press conference to be held at the American Airlines Center.
“I am honored to be joining the Dallas Stars organization,” Ruff said. He went on to point out that during his interview process with GM, Jim Nill, the direction the club was going in terms of personnel, both on and off the ice, would “return this club to the upper-echelon of the NHL.”
Jim Nill expressed the same sentiment, “His steady hand and experience will prove invaluable in returning our team as a top-tier contender in the NHL.”
The experience that Nill refers to is one of the more impressive lists of NHL coaches. In 14 years at the helm in Buffalo, Ruff made the playoffs 8 out of 14 years, made it to the conference finals 5 times and played for the Stanley Cup in 1999 against Dallas. A winner of the Jack Adams as the top head coach and nominated once more, Lindy also played in 691 games in the NHL, drafted by Buffalo 32nd overall in 1979. There is no doubt that Ruff’s loyalty could mean a very lengthy and successful period for the Stars.
Below is the press release from the Stars regarding Lindy Ruff, the new Head Coach for the Dallas Stars.
DALLAS - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has hired Lindy Ruff as the 22nd head coach in franchise history and the seventh in Dallas Stars history.
The club will hold a press conference today (Friday, June 21) at American Airlines Center to introduce Ruff as head coach. Both Nill and Ruff will be at the press conference.
Ruff, 53, is the 12th-winningest head coach in NHL history, one of only 17 to ever reach the 500-victory plateau, and has the third-most wins of any active coach. Now entering his second stint as an NHL head coach, last season he departed the Buffalo Sabres as their all-time franchise leader in wins with a 571-432-162 record. 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 was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach for guiding his team to the Conference Final. Ruff was nominated again for the accolade in 2007 for posting consecutive 50-win campaigns and for leading his club to the Presidents' Trophy, which is earned annually by the top team in the regular season.
"One of the trademarks of successful organizations is their ability to have continuity and stability for an extended period of time," said Nill. "It is clear from Lindy's record, and from our own conversations, that we have found the right person to provide that stability and lead this club to the next level. His steady hand and experience will prove invaluable in returning our team as a top-tier contender in the NHL."
In Ruff's eight postseason appearances, he has earned a 57-44 record, which is tied for the 15th-most playoff victories in NHL history. He is also one of only 21 all-time head coaches to guide his team through at least 100 postseason contests.
No stranger to international competition, Ruff coached Canada's National Team to a silver medal at the World Championships in 2009, served as an associate coach for the gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, and served as head coach once more at the 2013 World Championships.