ASSISTANT COACH - 1999-2002
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Dave Tippett served as an assistant coach on Andy Murray's staff from 1999-2002 before being named the 19th coach in Stars franchise history on May 21, 2002. Tippet was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Stars on June 10, 2009.
In all three seasons Tippett was in Los Angeles the Kings qualified for the playoffs. Under Tippett's direction, the Kings’ power play led the entire NHL with a 20.7% success rate. In 2000-01, the power play ranked seventh and in 1999-2000 it finished 10th. The year before Tippett came aboard the Kings, in 1998-99, the Kings power play unit ranked 24th in the league. During the 2000-01 campaign Los Angeles tallied 245 goals which were the most the Kings had recorded since the 1993-94 season.
Prior to becoming a coach, the Moosomin, Saskatchewan native played 11 years as a forward in the National Hockey League with the Hartford Whalers, the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. In 721 career NHL outings, he registered 93 goals and 169 assists for 262 points with 317 penalty minutes.
He ended his playing career in 1995 as a player-assistant coach with the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League (IHL). He led the Aeros to the 1999 Turner Cup Championship while serving as general manager/head coach and he was also named IHL Coach of the Year that year as Houston earned the Fred A. Huber Jr. Memorial Trophy for the league's best regular season record (54-15-13). A highly regarded coach with tremendous work ethic, Tippett posted two 50-win seasons at Houston and had a 165-85 regular season record with 36 shootout losses. At the 1998 IHL All-Star Game, he was the co-coach of the victorious Western Conference squad.
During his career with Hartford, Tippett served as assistant captain and earned the Community Service, Unsung Hero, Mr. Hustle and Best Defensive Forward awards. Internationally, he captained the 1984 Canadian Olympic Team in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and he earned a silver medal as a member of the Canadian Olympic Team in Albertville, France, in 1992. While at the University of North Dakota, he was a member of the 1982 NCAA Division I Championship squad.