Former Canucks Coach Announces His Retirement

Former Vancouver Canucks assistant head coach Rick Bowness announced his retirement this morning.USATSI_23084941

He spent 38 years behind NHL benches. He was an assistant coach for the Canucks from 2006 to 2013 as a member of Alain Vigneault’s staff. Bowness was most recently the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets and was nominated for this season’s Jack Adams trophy alongside Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet.

Bowness was the head coach of the Jets twice, the Phoenix (Arizona) Coyotes, the Ottawa Senators, the Dallas Stars, the Boston Bruins, and the New York Islanders. In his 803 career games as an NHL head coach, he went 310-408-48-37.

Bowness is well-loved throughout NHL coaching circles and has received much praise for his recent work as the Stars’ head coach, which included getting the team to the Stanley Cup Final in the Playoff Bubble.

Bowness, who is 69 years old, will shift his focus to family life and watch the game from a distance.

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