Stars fire head coach Tippett: report

The Dallas Stars fired head coach Dave Tippett on Wednesday, a source told The Canadian Press.

The Dallas Stars reportedly fired head coach Dave Tippett on Wednesday.

A source told The Canadian Press that Tippett was relieved of his duties after failing to reach the playoffs for the first time in six seasons as head coach. 

Dallas (36-35-11) finished 12th in the Western Conference, eight points in arrears of the Anaheim Ducks and the final playoff berth, despite lengthy injuries to keynote players like captain Brenden Morrow, forward Brad Richards and defenceman Sergei Zubov.

Adding to the misery was the Sean Avery fiasco, in which the truculent winger was suspended for making derogatory remarks about former girlfriend and actress Elisha Cuthbert.

Avery was placed on waivers and claimed by the New York Rangers.    Tippett posted a 271-156-28-37 record as head coach of the Stars, winning the Pacific Division twice. 

He was as an assistant coach on Team Canada at last month's world hockey championship, with former Stars general manager Doug Armstrong serving as GM and Joe Nieuwendyk as assistant GM.

Dallas hired Nieuwendyk as GM less than two weeks ago — replacing Les Jackson and Brett Hull, who served as co-GMs this past season.

Both men were re-assigned within the organization, with Hull promoted to executive vice-president and alternate governor and Jackson resuming his former role as director of scouting and player development.

Tippett was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings prior to being hired by the Stars on May 21, 2002.

The Moosomin, Sask., native also won a Turner Cup as GM and head coach of the IHL's Houston Aeros in 1999.

Tippett spent 11 seasons as a player in the NHL, amassing 93 goals and 169 assists for 262 points in 721 games for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Captials.  

With files from The Associated Press