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Gainey returns to Stars front office

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - Former Dallas head coach and general manager Bob Gainey returned to the Stars' fold on Thursday, named the club's senior advisor to the hockey department.

"I'm extremely pleased that we are adding a respected hockey man the caliber of Bob Gainey as a senior advisor to our staff," said Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "His experience and wisdom in this business is second-to-none, and he'll be an incredible asset as we continue to build our team to championship levels."

Gainey had worked in the Montreal Canadiens organization in a variety of roles between 2003 and February of 2010, primarily as general manager. He also spent two separate stints as interim head coach during that period.

The 58-year-old Hall-of-Famer came to the organization in 1990 as head coach of the then-Minnesota North Stars and moved with the franchise to Texas. He was head coach from 1990-96 -- a run that included a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1991 -- and GM from 1992-2002, aiding the club to its only title in 1999.

"I have great faith in the vision Tom Gaglardi, Joe Nieuwendyk and Jim Lites have in rebuilding this franchise," said Gainey. "I'm looking forward to rejoining the organization, and lending my advice and guidance as we strive to get the Stars back on top."

A 16-year pro, all with the Canadiens (1973-89), Gainey won five Cups, four Selke Trophies and a Conn Smythe Trophy during a distinguished playing career.

05/10 19:38:29 ET