DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Stars have removed the interim tag from Rick Bowness and have named him their next head coach, team general manager Jim Nill announced Thursday.
"The Stars are very excited to officially announce Rick as the team's head coach," Nill said. "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 our staff is remarkable, and it leads to a situation where everyone is competing for him because they want to see him win."
Bowness, 65, took over the reigns when the Stars moved on from Jim Montgomery in Dec. 2019. Bowness led the team to their third Stanley Cup appearance in franchise history, where they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.
In the 38 games he coached, the Stars went 20-13-5. He intially joined the team as an assistant coach on June 22, 2018. According to the Stars, Bownes is one of only three coaches in NHL history to have held a head coaching position in five different decades. He joined Hockey Hall of Fame Honored Member Pat Quinn and Scotty Bowman as the only individuals in the League's history to accomplish the feat.
"My wife Judy and I are thrilled to have this opportunity to continue our work here in Dallas," said Bowness. "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."