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The Dallas Stars announced on Tuesday morning that head coach Jim Montgomery was fired due to inappropriate conduct. Assistant coach Rick Bowness was named interim head coach.
The Stars did not explicitly reveal what Montgomery did. The NHL met on Monday to discuss making a “Code of Conduct” after former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters was convicted of racial allegations by former AHLer Akim Aliu and former NHL forward Michal Jordan two weeks ago. GM Jim Nill would not discuss what Montgomery did during his press conference after the news came out but Montgomery’s exit out of Dallas does not relate to the “Code of Conduct” being developed from the league, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.
Nill said that he received a phone call over the weekend that led to a 48-hour investigation and to Montgomery’s firing.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the situation is non-abuse related and took place while employed by the Stars. He added that the organization had no other choice but to relieve Montgomery of his duties.
The Stars started the season 1-7-1 but a seven-game winning streak in late November powered them to the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Stars pushed the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues to double overtime in Game 7 of the second round last season, Montgomery’s first as Stars head coach, after missing the previous two and three of the last four. The Stars are currently tied with the Boston Bruins for third in the NHL with a 2.39 goals-against per game average after finishing second with a 2.44 goals-against per game average last season.
Montgomery is now the fourth NHL head coach to leave their teams this season after Peters resigned as Flames head coach, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired Mike Babcock on November 20, and the New Jersey Devils fired John Hynes on December 3.
Bowness is 123-289-3 with 48 ties as an NHL head coach with the Bruins, Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, and Arizona Coyotes. He was an associate coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2013-18.
From The Stars
“The Dallas Stars expect all of our employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional behavior while working for and representing our organization. This decision was made due to unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League.”
By Harrison Brown