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Rick Bowness : biography

January 25, 1955 -

Richard Gary Bowness (born January 25, 1955 in Moncton, New Brunswick) is a Canadian former National Hockey League right winger and previously an associate coach with the Vancouver Canucks. On June 3, 2013, Bowness was hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning as an associate coach. He played for the Atlanta Flames, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets and Central Hockey League, AHL and QMJHL teams. He has been a head coach for the Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes.

Coaching career

Sherbrooke Jets

Bowness became the first head coach of the Winnipeg Jets new AHL affiliate, the Sherbrooke Jets in the 1982-83 AHL season, as he was a player-coach with the club. Sherbrooke had a tough season, finishing in last place in the North Division with a 22–54–4 record, earning 48 points. He stepped down as player coach before the 1983-84, as he played one last season before retiring in the summer of 1984.

Winnipeg Jets

Bowness became an assistant coach of the Winnipeg Jets under head coach Barry Long in the 1984-85 season. Winnipeg had a successful season, going 43–27–10, earning 96 points, finishing second in the Smythe Division. In the playoffs, the Jets defeated the Calgary Flames before losing to the Edmonton Oilers in the Smythe Division final.

Bowness remained on the Jets coaching staff in the 1985-86 season, however, the club changed head coaches during the season, as Barry Long was replaced by John Ferguson late in the season. The Jets struggled to a 26–47–7 record, earning 59 points, but still good for third in the Smythe Division. In the season opener against the Calgary Flames, Bowness was once fined $500 and suspended for three games after punching Calgary forward Tim Hunter in the head during a brawl. Brian Hayward and Tim Hunter had been involved in a scuffle which escalated to a full brawl after Hunter continued to attack Hayward. In the playoffs, the Jets were swept by the Calgary Flames in the first round.

In 1986-87, Winnipeg hired a new head coach, Dan Maloney, and retained Bowness as an assistant. The Jets rebounded from their poor season, going 40–32–8, earning 88 points, to finish in third place in the Smythe Division. In the playoffs, Winnipeg defeated the Calgary Flames in the opening round, however, they were swept by the Edmonton Oilers in the Smythe Division final. After the season, Bowness left Winnipeg to take a head coaching job with their AHL affiliate, the Moncton Hawks.

Moncton Hawks

Bowness became the first head coach of the Moncton Hawks, the Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliate for the 1987-88 season. Bowness led the expansion team to a 27–43–8–2 record, earning 64 points and a sixth place finish in the North Division, failing to qualify for the playoffs.

He began the 1988-89 season with Moncton, leading the club to a 28–20–5 record in 53 games. Bowness was then promoted to the NHL, as the Winnipeg Jets fired their head coach Dan Maloney, and named Bowness as his replacement.

Winnipeg Jets

Bowness coached his first NHL game with the Winnipeg Jets on February 9, 1989, as the Jets lost to the New York Rangers 4–3 at Madison Square Garden. After a 0–3–1 start, Bowness earned his first NHL victory on February 17, 1989, defeating the New Jersey Devils 3–2 in overtime at the Winnipeg Arena. Bowness led the team to a 8–17–3 record to finish the 1988-89 season, as the Jets missed the playoffs.

After the season, the Jets hired Bob Murdoch as their new head coach, and Bowness left the organization, as he became the head coach of the Maine Mariners.

Maine Mariners

Bowness became the head coach of the Boston Bruins AHL affiliate, the Maine Mariners, for the 1989-90 AHL season. In his first season with Maine, Bowness led the club to a 31–38–11 record, earning 73 points and a fifth place finish as the club failed to qualify for the playoffs.

He returned to the Mariners for a second season in 1990-91, as the Mariners improved to a 34–34–12 record, getting 80 points, however, Maine finished in fifth place once again, and failed to make the playoffs.

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