A nearly worst-to-maybe-first season has led to several end-of-the-year kudos for the Texas Stars, including first-year coach Willie Desjardins, the winner of the Louis A.r. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach.
In his initial season as a head coach in the professional ranks, Desjardins, 56, led the Stars to the South Division championship — the franchise’s first-ever division title — and has Texas on the brink of clinching the top seed in the Western Conference for the upcoming Calder Cup playoffs.
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