Stars officially welcome Rick Bowness as head coach
The Dallas Stars have officially named Rick Bowness head coach for the team. After years with the team, we’re excited to seeing him filling the role. Bowness had already been filling in as an interim head coach for the team since the end of 2019, when previous head coach Jim Montgomery was fired. He was the perfect person for the job, a professional hockey player turned coach that had worked with many of hockey’s greats.
Though little will actually change for him aside from the official status and title, Bowness is excited for the new position. In an interview with the NHL, Bowness states his excitement for the new role and speaks about how important the Dallas team has been to him in his career and how great the work they’d done so far was. He’ll be moving from his original position as an assistant coach, and interim head coach, to the new role effective immediately.
Stepping into the shoes
Bowness will be stepping into the shoes of previous head coach Jim Montgomery, who was fired from the Stars in December of 20191. Montgomery was officially fired by general manager Jim Nill for “unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League.” according to the NHL2. Later on, it was revealed that Montgomery had struggled with alcoholism since a young age. It had gotten out of hand in recent years, causing him to get in trouble and create a poor example for the players he was leading.
Since his firing from Dallas, Montgomery has stayed in the city and gotten help with his alcoholism, enrolling in a program and getting the therapy he needs3. Though Montgomery had his personal issues, there’s no arguing that he wasn’t a great coach. He had been the one to lead the Stars to the recent Stanley Cup finals after all.
No stranger to coaching
Bowness, having been there right along with Montgomery for the past two years, has had the opportunity to learn everything he can under Montgomery’s wing. Even before moving to the city of Dallas, he was no stranger to being a head coach. Bowness first got his start in coaching working as head coach for the Winnipeg Jets’ minor league team, the Sherbrooke Jets in 1982. From there, he went on to become the head coach for the Boston Bruins’ minor team, the Maine Mariners. Shortly after that, he went on to the Ottawa Senators, where he was also head coach. After his time coaching minor league teams, Bowness went on to be an assistant coach with multiple NHL teams, even working under hockey legend Wayne Gretzky with the Phoenix Coyotes4.
This is all after Bowness spent twelve years playing professionally in multiple different leagues. We at ACD are certain that he’s going to be perfect for his new official title with the Stars, and are looking forward to keeping you updated as time goes on.
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