Stars’ new goalie, new coach make a difference

The Stars made it official today with the hiring of former NHL goalie coach, Mike Smith as their new coach.

Smith, who spent the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, was one of three candidates for the job, along with new assistant coach and longtime veteran Doug Gilmour.

The Stars are expected to have their new coaching staff ready for the start of training camp on Monday.

Smith, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, is a former player and coach who was part of the Kings Stanley Cup winning teams 2003 and 2009.

In those years, Smith was also an assistant coach with the Arizona Coyotes and the Dallas Stars, and he has also served as an assistant with the Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues.

He played for the Dallas Kings, Los Angeles Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes from 2003-06, and coached the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals.

The Kings announced in May that they had fired Smith.

The team also announced the retirement of veteran goalie coach Ron Hextall and the retirement last month of defenseman Mike Keenan.

Smith will be the second NHL head coach to be hired by the Stars this offseason.

Former New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes, who was hired by Dallas in January, will coach the team in 2017-18.

In addition to Smith, the Stars have announced the hiring today of former Edmonton Oilers head coach, Colin Miller as assistant coach.

Miller, who coached the Oilers from 2008-11, was the Oilers’ goaltending coach from 2007-09.

The Ducks, who have won five Stanley Cups in the past six seasons, will look to Miller to lead their goaltending corps in 2017.

The Dallas Stars have a busy schedule of games this season.

The Stars will play four games at home and one game at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Dallas Stars will also host the Carolina Hurricanes at the American Airlines Center on Thursday, Oct. 19.

The Hurricanes will host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday Night Football on Sunday, Oct 20.