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The Lincoln Stars have parted ways with general manager Jon Hull, owner Ryan Schiff confirmed to the Journal Star.

Assistant coach Chris Azzano also will not return.

Hired in February 2014, Hull, who also was the Stars president of hockey operations, became the first general manager in franchise history to not also serve as head coach. He helped guide the Stars to two playoff appearances and earned USHL general manager of the year honors in 2016.

“Hully has been here for nearly six years and given so much to this organization,” Schiff said. “Some highlights are being recognized as GM of the year, having six Stars drafted in the 2018 NHL Draft and finding late-round gems like Ryan Jones, Shane Pinto and Casey Dornbach. We certainly wish Jon continued success with his next opportunity and thank him for his many years of dedication to the Stars.”

Hull and the Stars parted on good terms.

“I am very grateful to Ryan and the Stars organization for giving me this opportunity,” Hull said. “It was a privilege to work alongside our coaches and staff in Lincoln. I wish the Stars organization, players, (coach) Cody Chupp, (assistant coach) Chris Michael and the great fans of Lincoln nothing but the best moving forward.”

In the USHL's Western Conference, the Stars and Des Moines had separate general manager and head coach positions. It's unclear at this time what direction the Stars position will take. Schiff noted that more will be known during Lincoln's camp set for June 11-13 at the Breslow Ice Center.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7431 or tgray@journalstar.com.

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