Stars coaching candidate: Peter Horachek

May, 31, 2011
5/31/11
10:56
PM CT
The latest in a series on possible candidates for the head coaching job of the Dallas Stars looks at Peter Horachek.

Currently

Assistant coach Nashville Predators

The résumé

*Hired as assistant coach by the Nashville Predators in 2003.

*Posted a 32-27-14-7 record as the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL in 2002-03.

*Head coach of the Trenton Titans of the ECHL in 2001-02, posting a 46-16-10 record.

*Posted a 94-51-9 record with in two seasons with the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League, winning the league championship in 2001.

*IHL Coach of the Year in 2001.

*Assistant coach with Orlando 1995-1999

*Was also head coach for four years in Colonial Hockey League and one year with the Nashville Knights of the ECHL.

*Played professionally in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League, registering 188 and 238 assists in 545 games.

*Captain of Saginaw/Flint Generals, won Turner Cup championship (1984).

Positives

*The 51-year-old has extensive experience and a solid record at various levels of professional coaching. Has held head coaching positions in AHL, IHL and ECHL and has been a long-time assistant to one of the top coaches in the NHL, Nashville’s Barry Trotz. Currently works on a team that puts a premium on structure. Said to have positive demeanor, has excellent communication skills. Good track record working with younger players.

Negatives

Not many, but the Predators are a team that has struggled offensively over the years. Has taken heat from Predators fans for the team’s power play struggles.

Other suitors

Name hasn’t surfaced with other teams searching for a new coach.

Quotable

"He knows if you're down and he can help you up. If you do something wrong or make mistakes, he corrects them and all the time helps. He never yelled at me. He just told me what I had to do and I think that's what makes him a great coach." – Nashville forward Martin Erat, who played under Horachek in Milwaukee (AHL) during the 2002-03 season (The Tennessean, September 2003)

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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