Stars reward Tippett for solid season with two-year contract extension

FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Stars rewarded Dave Tippett for another solid season, signing the head coach to a two-year contract extension Monday.

Tippett led the Stars to a 45-30-7 record in 2007-08 and a berth in the Western Conference final, where they fell in six games to the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Detroit Red Wings.

“Dave Tippett has done an exceptional job as head coach of this hockey club,” co-general manager Les Jackson said in a statement. “We are looking forward to getting back to work in preparation for the 2008-09 season.”

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Tippett has a record of 235-127-48 in six seasons with the Stars, amassing the best winning percentage of any active coach in the NHL. Dallas has reached the playoffs every year under Tippett, who was named 19th head coach in franchise history May 21, 2002.