Friday, July 6, 2012

Stars Hire Doug Lidster as Texas Assistant

The Dallas Stars are expected to announce today that they have hired former NHL defenseman Doug Lidster to the role of Texas Stars assistant coach. Lidster played 897 NHL games through a 16 season career, even making a 17 game stop in Dallas in the 98-99 season. Lidster spent ten years with the Vancouver Canucks from 1983-1993, serving as their captain in the 90-91 season.

The 52 year-old Kamloops native has a connection to the Stars' current coaching staff as he was Willie Desjardins' assistant in Medicine Hat during the 2002-03 season. Lidster got his own gig as a head coach for the Saginaw Spirit, but resigned midway through the season following an incident with a player, as described in the Ottawa Sun here. It seems like a rather unfair situation that he was put in, and surely he is happy to have a second chance with the Dallas system.

During his time in the NHL, Lidster was known as an offensive defenseman. He quarterbacked the power play, scoring 75 goals and 268 assists in his career. He won Cups with the Rangers in '94 and Stars in '99.

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