Rick Bowness is stepping down as head coach of the Dallas Stars, the team announced Friday.
“After careful consideration with my wife Judy, we feel it’s best to step away and allow the organization the opportunity to pursue a different direction at the head coaching position,” Bowness said in a statement released by the team.
Bowness took over the Stars on an interim basis in 2019-20 and guided them to the Stanley Cup Final that season. He was then named full-time head coach after that postseason run.
“Rick is one of the most respected and beloved individuals to have ever coached in the NHL,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said.
Nill also commended Bowness for stepping into the role and guiding the team through the “unprecedented global events that affected our players and staff both on and off the ice.”
The 67-year-old Bowness held a regular-season record of 89-62-25 in Dallas and an 18-16 postseason record with the Stars. He’s also had stints head coaching the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Winnipeg Jets (the version that later became the Coyotes), the New York Islanders, and the then-Phoenix Coyotes.
Last season, the Stars went 46-30-6 and had 98 points. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Calgary Flames. That series went seven games and Calgary beat the Stars in OT in Game 7.
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