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Lindy Ruff enters his first season as head coach of the Dallas Stars after being appointed to the position by General Manager Jim Nill on June 21, 2013.

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.

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 coaches all-time to coach 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.

Prior to his coaching career, the native of Warburg, Alberta, played 691 games in the NHL from 1979 to 1991, posting 300 points (105G-195A). He was Buffalo’s second-round selection (32nd overall) in 1979.

Ruff and his wife, Gaye, have four children, Brett, Eryn, Brian and Madeleine.


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