- Dave Lowry, an assistant coach, has led the Jets as their interim head coach since Maurice left the organization in December 2021.
- On July 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Canada Life Centre, Jets head coach Bowness will hold his first press conference.
Rick Bowness has been appointed as the Winnipeg Jets’ next head coach.
The NHL hockey team tweeted the news on Sunday afternoon.
Bowness succeeds Paul Maurice and Claude Noel as the team’s third head coach. Since Maurice departed from the Jets in December 2021, assistant coach Dave Lowry has served as the team’s interim head coach.
Before the end of the 2021–2022 season, Bowness, 67, was the Dallas Stars’ head coach. Throughout 176 regular-season games, he guided the Stars to an 89-62-25 record. He also had an 18-16 postseason record. In 2020, he led Dallas to the Stanley Cup Final, where the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated them.
Kevin Cheveldayoff, general manager of the Winnipeg Jets, noted that Rick “brings a plethora of experience and understanding, both in the NHL coaching ranks and also as a player as well as coach in the city of Winnipeg.”
We are convinced Rick will take our squad to new heights since he is an excellent hockey mind and an even better guy.
Bowness played for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and Winnipeg Jets after being selected by the Atlanta Flames with the 26th overall pick in the 1975 NHL Draft. In 1980–81, he participated in 45 games for the Jets version 1.0, scoring 55 points and accruing 191 penalty minutes. He stayed with the Jets organization after that, first serving as a player and coach for the team’s AHL affiliate in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and later serving as an assistant coach with the Jets until 1988–1989. After that season, Bowness temporarily took over as the Jets head coach. He finished with an 8-17-3 record.
In a statement, Bowness said, “I’m incredibly thrilled to be back to Winnipeg. The Jets have an intriguing bunch of outstanding young players.”
The Jets’ head coach Bowness will have his inaugural press conference on Monday, July 4, at 11:30 a.m. at Canada Life Centre.
Source: CTV News
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