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Quinn, Lewis Made All-Star Coaches

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Quinn, Lewis Made All-Star Coaches

(Jan. 9, 2004) -- Head coaches Pat Quinn of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dave Lewis of the Detroit Red Wings will lead the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Teams, respectively, at the 2004 NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Feb. 8, in St. Paul, Minn. (3 p.m. ET, ABC, CBC,  RDS, NHL Radio), the National Hockey League announced today.

Philadelphia Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock will join Quinn behind  the Eastern Conference All-Star bench. Vancouver Canucks head coach Marc  Crawford will assist Lewis for the Western Conference All-Stars.

Under the selection process for All-Star coaches, the head coach and assistant coach for the Eastern Conference All-Stars are the head coaches of the two teams with the top points percentages in the Eastern Conference  through games of Jan. 8, the half-way point of the 2003-2004 regular season. The head coach and assistant coach of the Western Conference All-Stars are the head coaches of the two teams with the best points percentages in the Western Conference.

Quinn's Maple Leafs lead the Eastern Conference with a points percentage of .663, posting 57 points in 43 games (23-9-8-3), followed by Hitchcock's Flyers at .655 with 55 points in 42 games (20-7-10-5).

Lewis' Red Wings are first in the Western Conference with a points  percentage of .648, recording 57 points in 44 games (26-13-4-1), edging  the Canucks' Crawford at .643 with 54 points in 42 games (23-11-6-2).

The NHL All-Star Game is the centerpiece of NHL All-Star Weekend,  which includes the Kellogg's Frosted Flakes/NHL All-Star Practice, the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills Competition and the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck on Saturday, Feb. 7, and NHL All-Star FANtasy.

NHL All-Star FANtasy is a one-of-a-kind hockey and entertainment extravaganza that will  be staged at Saint Paul RiverCentre from Tuesday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, Feb. 7.  FANtasy will offer fans the chance to participate in and  experience more than 30 hockey-themed attractions and exhibits.

Complete 2004 All-Star rosters will be announced during ESPN  Thursday Night Hockey and the NHL on TSN on Thursday, Jan. 22 (7:30 p.m. ET) when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the New York Rangers.

Following is a look at this year's All-Star coaches:

Eastern Conference All-Star Coaches

Head Coach -- Pat Quinn, Toronto Maple Leafs

Quinn is in his 18th NHL season as head coach. He has 594 career victories, fourth on the all-time list. Quinn guided the Maple Leafs to a franchise-record 16 consecutive games with at least a point, going 14-0-1-1 from Nov. 22 to Dec. 26.

All-Star Game Coaching Appearances:

Year  Role                  Team                           Result
1981  Head Coach     Campbell Conference  Campbell Con. 4, Prince of Wales Con. 1
2000  Head Coach     N. America All-Stars   World All-Stars 9, N. America All-Stars 4
2002  Head Coach     N. America All-Stars   World All-Stars 8, N. America All-Stars 5

Assistant Coach -- Ken Hitchcock, Philadelphia Flyers

Hitchcock helped the Flyers cut their goals-against total to 166 last season, tied for the lowest in the NHL and a franchise record. Prior to joining Philadelphia, Hitchcock won five division titles, two Presidents' Trophies and one Stanley Cup championship in five seasons in Dallas.

All-Star Game Coaching Appearances

Year  Role                Team                               Result
1997
  Head Coach    Western Conference        E. Conference 11, W. Conference 7
1998  Head Coach    World All-Stars               North. All-Stars 8, World All-Stars 7
1999  Head Coach    North America All-Stars  N. America All-Stars 8,W. All-Stars 6
2003  Assistant         E. Conference         W. Conference 6, E. Conference 5 (OT)

Western Conference All-Star Coaches

Head Coach -- Dave Lewis, Detroit Red Wings

This is Lewis' 18th consecutive season in the Red Wings organization, two as a player and 16 as a coach, since signing as a free agent in July, 1986. This marks Lewis' second All-Star Game coaching appearance in as many seasons as head coach.

All-Star Game Coaching Appearances

Year  Role                    Team                        Result
2003
  Assistant Coach   W. Conference   W. Conference 6, E. Conference 5 (OT)

Assistant Coach -- Marc Crawford, Vancouver Canucks

Under Crawford, the Canucks have improved on their previous point total  for four consecutive seasons, the NHL's second-longest streak behind Tampa  Bay (five).  The Canucks had 58 points in 1998-99 and progressed to 83,  90, 94 and last season's franchise-record 104 (45-23-13-1).

All-Star Game Coaching Appearances

Year  Role                   Team                           Result
1996
  Assistant Coach Western Conference    E. Conference 5, W. Conference 4
1997  Assistant Coach Western Conference    E. Conference 11, W. Conference 7
1998  Assistant Coach World All-Stars           N.A. All-Stars 8, World All-Stars 7
2003  Head Coach      Western Conference    W. Conference 6, E. Conference 5 (OT)

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