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Patrick named assistant coach of Stars

Jul 24, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Former NHL defenseman James Patrick has been named an assistant coach of the Dallas Stars, the club announced today.

Patrick will work under new Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff, as he did in Buffalo from 2006 until Ruff was fired by the Sabres in February.

Patrick’s services were not retained by the Sabres following the 2013 campaign.

Now 50 years old, Patrick played 1,280 regular-season games in the NHL for the Rangers, Whalers, Flames and Sabres.

Early in his NHL career, he was chosen to represent a victorious Team Canada at the 1987 Canada Cup, remembered to this day as one of the best international hockey tournaments ever.

  1. kgun80 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Good guy decent coach… But if they put him in charge of your PP you are doomed!

  2. monstercheez - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I admire your restraint in passing up the Patrick Star joke.

  3. drunknbflo - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Good luck with your defensive minded coaches that cant coach defence. The sabres were a tire fire in their own end last year.

  4. dallasstars9 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Stars defense and PP have both been pretty bad at times in recent memory so just a change in coach and perspective will hopefully help.

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