Sunday, May 29, 2011
Stars coaching candidate: Glen Gulutzan
By Mark Stepneski
The latest in a series on possible head coaching candidates for the Dallas Stars looks at Glen Gulutzan.
Head coach of the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
*Guided the Texas Stars of the AHL to the playoffs in each of their first two seasons, including a trip to the Calder Cup Finals their inaugural season (2009-10).
*Posted an 87-56-7-10 (.597) record in first two seasons with Texas and a 16-14 record in the playoffs.
*Coached the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL for six seasons, compiling a 254-124-55 (.650). The Wranglers put together three straight 100+ point seasons, becoming the first ECHL team to ever accomplish that mark.
*Led Las Vegas to the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Finals in 2008 and the Conference Finals in 2009.
*Was named ECHL Coach of the Year in 2005-06.
*Played professionally in Sweden and Finland for two seasons.
*Played professionally in North America for the Fresco Falcons of the West Coast Hockey League for a total of six seasons. Set a team record in 1996-97 with 80 assists and 100 points.
*Was player/assistant coach for the Falcons from 1999-2003.
Impressive coaching record at the minor league level, winning in both the AHL and ECHL. Communicates well with his players. Teams play with solid structure. Knows the players in the Dallas system, having coached the team’s prospects at Traverse City, the team’s AHL affiliate and having run practices at the NHL training camp. At 39-years-old he's an ideal candidate to grow with the Stars as they move forward under new ownership.
There aren’t a lot other than he doesn’t have NHL experience.
His name hasn't popped up anywhere else, so the Stars may be the only team interested.
"He's got a tremendous ability to adjust to the needs of each player, regardless of what level he's at. I hate to use the term 'players' coach,' but I honestly believe he has each and every player's best interests in mind… Yes, he wants to win, but he doesn't want any of the credit. He wants to motivate, tell the players their strengths and weaknesses, and then step back and let the players show themselves on the ice." – Texas Stars GM Scott White in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman (June 2010)