In interim head coach Rick Bowness, the Dallas Stars have chosen a man who has coached since 1984, at almost every level of the game.
Old Hockey Guy? Sure – but Bowness says the basics are a valuable foundation for every new generation of players:
“So many things about our game are changing, how you coach, how you teach, how the players see things, but the fundamentals of the game never change, and so you have to be strong in your fundamentals,” Bowness said in February. “I know how the game has been played in every decade from the ‘70s on, so that gives you a pretty good base of fundamentals.”
And before he became a coach, he had a nearly decade-long career as a professional player:
A second-round pick (26th overall) by the Atlanta Flames in 1975, Bowness appeared in 173 NHL games with Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis and Winnipeg.
In addition to Bowness, the 1975 NHL draft also produced a few other notable names around the league today, including Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, who was selected after Bowness by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 42nd overall pick.
Jeff Odom has more in his list of Five Things to Know. [Dallas Stars]
Tyler Seguin can’t wait for the Winter Classic, and he hopes you’re looking forward to it, too.
If you ever needed a reason to show up for the Vegas Golden Knights game early...
Two of the greatest to ever wear a Stars sweater.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 12, 2019
Celebrate Hockey Hall of Famers Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau with us this Friday! Enjoy a pre-game ceremony, free commemorative posters, plus autograph sessions.
Ceremony starts at 6:45 pm with puck drop at 7pm!#GoStars
Here is the only reference to this you will find in Thursday Links. Enjoy it, or something.
Didn't think this had to be clarified, but it's brought up enough times: I was able to confirm the radio interview last week with Jim Montgomery didn't have anything to do with his firing.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 11, 2019
Around The League(s)
- In an otherwise quiet night on Murderers’ Row, the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1. Gritty was unavailable for comment. [Mile High Hockey]
Now that Peter DeBoer is the San Jose Sharks’ ex-coach, where might he go next? Of course the Stars made the list, but you can see who else, too.
Even if you’re not ready to Let Go For LaFreniere, you might enjoy getting to know the 2020 NHL Draft’s presumptive first overall.
The 18-year-old is expected to go 1st overall in the upcoming NHL draft https://t.co/e36mlpXU2d— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) December 12, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Now that Derek Laxdal is with the big team, he’s seeing several of his former Texas Stars charges again.
"I know a lot of these players coming up through Texas, so moving forward every day is going to get a lot smoother for me."— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 12, 2019
Derek Laxdal was promoted to assistant coach in Dallas on Tuesday after serving as head coach of the @TexasStars since 2014. #GoStars pic.twitter.com/Z1dfb61d5M
And speaking of the T-Stars, it looks as if momentum is still on their side, even under a new regime.
Ever looked at the hockey updates and just said, “needs more Ilya Bryzgalov”? Sure, we all have. Enjoy.