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STARS MAKE THEIR DECISION ON RICK BOWNESS

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill announced on Thursday that the team has officially named Rick Bowness their head coach. He had been the team's interim head coach since December 10, 2019.

With the news, the 65-year-old Bowness becomes the 24th head coach in franchise history. He had an outstanding first season with the Stars, leading them all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, falling just two games short of the Stanley Cup at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“The Stars are very excited to officially announce Rick as the team’s head coach,” said Nill. “After being called upon in a difficult situation, Rick stepped into the interim head coaching role seamlessly and used his unmatched experience to lead the team to a successful second half of the season and a spot in the Stanley Cup Final. Watching the team throughout our playoff experience, you really saw the team become his. His ability to connect with our players and staff is remarkable, and it leads to a situation where everyone is competing for him because they want to see him win.”

Prior to the playoff run they went on, Bowness guided Dallas to a 20-13-5 record in 38 games. He has been with the Stars since June 22, 2018, serving as an assistant coach prior to becoming the team's head coach. He is one of just three coaches in NHL history to have held a coaching position in five different decades, joining two legendary coaches in Scotty Bowman and Pat Quinn.

“My wife Judy and I are thrilled to have this opportunity to continue to work here in Dallas,” Bowness said. “This team is very special for me, that time in Edmonton was unlike any experience I have ever had in hockey, and it brought us together as a staff and as a team. We had a great run to the Stanley Cup Final, but we have some unfinished business left and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to build on what we started.”

Before joining the Stars, Bowness spent five seasons with the Lightning as an assistant coach. In total, he has spent 2425 regular season games coaching behind an NHL bench, whether that be as the head coach or an assistant. He has had tenures with the Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, and of course the Lightning and Stars.



Prior to coaching, Bowness also had a brief NHL career. The centerman was drafted in the second round (26th overall) by the Atlanta Flames in the 1975 NHL draft. He played a total of 173 games mixed between the Flames, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and the Winnipeg Jets. In those 173 games, he managed 18 goals and 55 points.


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OCTOBER 29, 2020  (11H59)
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