Are you ready for Non-Interim Head Coach Rick Bowness? A more permanent position as the Dallas Stars’ bench boss is reported to be his, if he wants it.
And with the NHL season officially over, it’s time to start thinking seriously about the future. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika writes about it in one of his latest posts:
Bowness has said on several occasions that he won’t talk about the job until the season is over, but he was asked what he has learned about himself after the Game 6 loss and he was quite philosophical.
“I love the game. I love coaching,” Bowness, 65, said. “What I learned is that I still have the passion to compete, I still have the passion to coach. That’s what I’ve learned. I know I’m getting up there, and there’s a lot more behind me than ahead of me, but I still have the passion.”
At age 65, Bowness has reached the age when many professionals are looking to retire. Is the IHC on the wrong end of the age spectrum? He doesn’t think so:
...“I’ve always told my family that the day I wake up and I don’t want to go to the rink, then I know the passion’s gone. We’re not there yet, so I’m just going to keep pushing.”...
“When you watch a team play, you can tell who they’re playing for,” [Stars GM Jim] Nill said. “This team is playing for the coach, and the coach is coaching for the players. That’s a great reflection on everybody.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Razor offers a last farewell to the Stars’ 2019-20 season.
Anton Khudobin: not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need.
Matthew DeFranks also offers this handy checklist for the Stars’ NHL Draft next Tuesday.
The Stars draft picks next week:— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) September 29, 2020
This is probably not what you wanted to read this soon...but then again, these Stars have defied the odds before.
Dallas Stars have worse 2021 Stanley Cup odds than two teams they beat in the playoffs https://t.co/KFry0cp5WI— SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) October 1, 2020
Around The League(s)
Rob Pizzo picks some of the most memorable moments from the bubble, yet the Stars have only the occasional cameo.
Emily Sadler continues her overview of the top UFAs with a focus on the available right wingers – including Corey Perry and Tyler Pitlick.
Will Tyler Toffoli stay in Vancouver? Is Bobby Ryan going home?— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 1, 2020
With the opening of NHL free agency on Oct. 9 fast approaching, @EmmySadler ranks the top right-wingers that are set to hit the market ⤵️ https://t.co/jYpcIBEUX8
The European Youth Olympic Winter Festival is the latest event to endure a pandemic postponement, as local and national Finnish governments seek to “act with health in mind.”
The 2021 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Vuokatti has been postponed to December 2021. U17 national teams traditionally participate in this event. Kajaani will host #icehockey including women's ice hockey for the first time at the EYOF. https://t.co/m89tqWg1r5— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) September 24, 2020
Boston University loves their boy Jake Oettinger.
Is this the future of USA Hockey? You might want to remember these names, because of reasons.
Speaking of youth hockey, this is a big freaking deal. The Québec Major Junior Hockey League plans to enforce a fighting crackdown with some heavy penalties.
It's official! Rule changes in regards to fighting will be applied as of this season. ✍️ #QMJHL— QMJHL (@QMJHL) September 30, 2020
Greetings From Beautiful Boise
Is there a lot more Idaho Steelheads hockey in your future? Could be.
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Justin Dowling was a playoffs hero. Today, he’s the birthday boy. Have a good one, Dowls!