New Orleans Stars coach Rick Dudley says he’ll retire at the end of season

NEW ORLEANS — Rick Dudley said Thursday he plans to retire at age 67 and retire as a coach in 2017.

Dudley, a longtime New Orleans native, has coached the New Orleans Blues to two Stanley Cup championships and the last of those was in 2005.

He played in all four major American Hockey League playoffs in the 1970s and ’80s.

In addition to his playing days, Dudley has been a mentor for younger players as he has mentored the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Alex Steen, and Justin Williams.

He was named a Hall of Fame coach in 2019.DUDLEY’S SIDE: “When I got the job, I just knew I was going to be a good coach.

And I think the most important thing for me to do is to keep that vision, that vision of what I want to do as a player and a coach, which is to help my players and help them win.

When you play as a professional and you’re doing what you love to do, and you can see yourself as a winner, you’ll do whatever it takes to get to the right place.”