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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Updated: November 15, 10:19 AM ET
Hicks makes Texas Rangers' Cogen new president of Stars

Associated Press

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars continued their front office shake-up Wednesday, replacing president Jim Lites one day after naming Brett Hull an interim co-general manager.

Jim Lites


Stars owner Tom Hicks plucked a new team president from his other franchise, the Texas Rangers, giving Jeff Cogen the same title he had with the baseball club.

The Stars ousted Lites and former general manager Doug Armstrong after a disappointing 7-7 start that follows three consecutive first-round exits in the playoffs.

Hull will share interim GM duties with Les Jackson, a longtime member of the organization who had been assistant GM.

Lites has been Stars president since the franchise moved from Minnesota to Dallas in 1993, except for an eight-month stint with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2002.

Lites will move into an expanded role with Hicks Sports Marketing Group, the Stars said in a statement.

Hicks gave no timetable for naming a new Rangers president.

Cogen spent the past three years as president of the Rangers, who haven't finished higher than third in the AL West in the eight seasons since their last playoff appearance.

"The Rangers have strong depth of management in operations, marketing and ticketing," Hicks said.