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AP source: Stars bring back Hitchcock as coach

  • FILE - In this June 20, 1999, file photo, Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock hoists the Stanley Cup after the Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in triple overtime in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in Buffalo, N.Y. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Hitchcock is returning to coach the Dallas Stars. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, April 12, 2017, because the team hadn’t announced the hire. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, File)

    FILE - In this June 20, 1999, file photo, Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock hoists the Stanley Cup after the Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in triple overtime in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in Buffalo, N.Y. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Hitchcock is returning to coach the Dallas Stars. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, April 12, 2017, because the team hadn’t announced the hire. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 30, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock speaks to players during practice for Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals, in Dallas. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Hitchcock is returning to coach the Dallas Stars. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, April 12, 2017, because the team hadn’t announced the hire. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    FILE - In this April 30, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock speaks to players during practice for Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals, in Dallas. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Hitchcock is returning to coach the Dallas Stars. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, April 12, 2017, because the team hadn’t announced the hire. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock tries to get the attention of the referee in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, in Nashville, Tenn. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Hitchcock is returning to coach the Dallas Stars. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, April 12, 2017, because the team hadn’t announced the hire. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock tries to get the attention of the referee in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, in Nashville, Tenn. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Hitchcock is returning to coach the Dallas Stars. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, April 12, 2017, because the team hadn’t announced the hire. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers, File)  (The Associated Press)

A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Ken Hitchcock is returning to coach the Dallas Stars.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team hadn't announced the hire.

Hitchcock won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999, coaching there for parts of seven seasons from 1995-96 through 2001-02. He has since coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues.

The 65-year-old was fired as Blues coach in February and replaced by Mike Yeo. Even before that, St. Louis announced it was Hitchcock's final season there and that Yeo would take over.

Hitchcock replaces Lindy Ruff, who was fired Monday after four seasons in Dallas. The Stars missed the playoffs this year after winning the Central Division last season.