Rick Bowness leaves Dallas Stars, search for new coach begins – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

After two playoff appearances in three years, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, Stars head coach Rick Bowness will not return next season.

The coach announced his departure on Friday afternoon so that the team can “take a different course.”

After careful consideration with my wife, Judy, we believe it is best to step aside and allow the organization the opportunity to go in a different direction in the head coaching position. I would like to thank all the passionate fans and dedicated staff for their support and hard work during my time here. It has been an honor for me and my family to represent the Stars and the city of Dallas.

Rick Bowness

Assistant coaches John Stevens, Derek Laxdal and Todd Nelson are also out, according to general manager Jim Nill.

Nill issued a statement Friday afternoon on Twitter thanking Bowness for stepping in to lead the team and for his commitment and dedication to the organization.

“Rick is one of the most respected and loved people to ever coach in the NHL. His dedication and commitment to the game, and the impact he has had on countless players, coaches and support staff throughout his five decades in “The league is second to none. He has dedicated his life to our game and we are honored to say the Dallas Stars are a part of his legacy,” Nill said in a statement.

Bowness, 67, has been on one-year contracts since joining the Stars as an assistant coach in 2018. He was named interim coach on Dec. 10, 2019, following the sudden departure of second-year head coach Jim Montgomery. , who was fired. for “unspecified conduct”. Bowness was promoted to full-time after leading the club to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2020 and given a two-year contract.

While Bowness was not under contract beyond this season, he said in a team statement Friday that he was retiring to “allow the organization the opportunity to pursue a different direction in the head coaching role.”

“When he was called upon to lead our team a few seasons ago, he seamlessly stepped into the role and helped guide our team through unprecedented global events that impacted our players and staff both on and off the ice,” Nill said.

Bowness has been on an NHL bench for a record 2,562 regular-season games as a head or assistant coach for nearly four decades. He said that after the season ended with an overtime loss in Game 7 in Calgary, he still had the passion to continue coaching. He said that he would have training opportunities if he wanted them.

Bowness was 89-62-25 with Dallas. The team said the search for a replacement coach will begin immediately.

NBC and the Associated Press.

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