Ken Hitchcock is retiring from coaching after 22 years, leaving the Stars' bench after just one season to become a consultant with the team.

"Ken Hitchcock is an icon when it comes to head coaches, not only in hockey, but across all of sports," Stars GM Jim Nill said in a statement Friday. "He poured his whole life into better understanding in-game concepts and strategy, inspiring players and enhancing teams.

"He leaves an indelible mark on the game, and his influence will be felt across the sport for years to come. We want to thank Ken for all that he has given throughout his coaching career."