Stars name Gulutzan head coach

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FRISCO, TEX. - The Dallas Stars have named Glen Gulutzan their new head coach.

Gulutzan, who spent the previous two years as coach of the Stars' American Hockey League affiliate, inked a two-year contract with a club option for a third season.

"I am very excited to hire Glen Gulutzan as head coach of the Dallas Stars," said general manager Joe Nieuwendyk in a statement. "Glen is a young, exciting coach who we believe has a bright and long future in the National Hockey League. We were pleased with his development skills and the leadership he brought our young players at the American League level. We feel he will bring energy and a winning attitude to our club. I look forward to working with him as we plan for the future of the Dallas Stars."

Gulutzan led the Texas Stars to a record of 87-56-17 over the past two years, reaching the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. He coached nine different players who spent time with both the Texas Stars and Dallas Stars this past season.

"I am thrilled to be the head coach of the Dallas Stars," said Gulutzan on the team's website. "Having worked with the organization over the last two seasons, I am very familiar with our personnel and that will be a big advantage for me. We are a young team with a strong nucleus and I'm very excited about what we can accomplish. I look forward to working with Joe Nieuwendyk and his entire staff to build a hockey club that will win and compete for Stanley Cups."

Prior to joining the Stars' organization, Gulutzan served as coach and general manager of the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers from 2003-09. He posted a mark of 254-124-55 with five playoff appearances, including a visit to the 2008 Kelly Cup Finals.

The Stars needed a replacement for Marc Crawford, who was fired in April after two seasons at the helm. Crawford, who won a Stanley Cup title as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, posted a record of 79-60-25 in Dallas and failed to reach the playoffs in either season.


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