Joe Nieuwendyk named Stars GM
Former Cornell star returns to Dallas
Congratulations to former Cornell Hockey standout Joe Nieuwendyk who was named General Manager of the Dallas Stars yesterday. As a player, Nieuwendyk led the Stars to the franchise's only Stanley Cup in 1999. Yet, after a return trip to the finals the following season, Dallas has failed to replicate that success, and missed the playoffs for the first time in thirteen years this previous season. Nieuwendyk joins a club that, despite its struggles in 2008-09, has plenty of potential for a quick return to success. Dallas boasts solid veterans in goalie Marty Turco and center Mike Modano, as well as another top center in Mike Ribeiro.
Joe Nieuwendyk is one of the most famous names in Cornell University sports history. During the 1985-86 campaign, he helped lead the Big Red to an ECAC championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. In 1987, Nieuwendyk had his most prolific year, and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist. After Cornell, Nieuwendyk went on to have a decorated NHL career, becoming a four-time All-Star and three-time Stanley Cup winner, while topping 500 goals and 1000 points.