DALLAS — The Dallas Stars have chosen Jim Nill to replace fired general manager Joe Nieuwendyk.
The Stars announced the news in a conference Monday.
Dallas fired Nieuwendyk on Sunday after four seasons with two coaches and no playoff appearances. The Detroit Redwings on Saturday night blanked the Stars 3-0. Dallas finished the season 22-22-4 without earning a spot in the playoffs for the fifth season in a row.
Nill helped the Red Wings extend their postseason streak to 22 straight appearances. He was Detroit's assistant general manager for 15 seasons and has worked for the franchise's front office since 1994.
"Really, really thrilled to have Jim's experience join the Dallas Stars and take us to the next level," said Tom Gaglardi, the Stars owner.
Gaglardi presented Nill with a number 13 Stars jersey.
Nill joined WFAA Midday not long after the official announcement was made. When asked if the number 13 is his lucky number, he replied, "It is now."
"It reminded me of Pavel Datsyuk we have in Detroit," he said. "He was number 13; he was one of my favorite players of all times so that's a good number."
Nill said the Stars will continue drafting and developing to move forward.
"We need to supplement that with some free agents," he said. "There is a good foundation here and we're going to work on changing a little bit of the culture, get a lifestyle. For these players it needs to become an everyday lifestyle playing pro sports."