Stars hire two-time Cup final coach DeBoer to replace Bowness

by: STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press

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The Dallas Stars announced Tuesday that they have hired Peter DeBoer as their new coach, a month after he was fired by the Vegas Golden Knights.

DeBoer, who previously led New Jersey and San Jose to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first season with those two clubs, was let go by the Knights after missing the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. five seasons of the franchise. He had been their coach for 2½ seasons after replacing Gerard Gallant, who took Vegas to the Stanley Cup Finals in its inaugural 2017-18 season and back to the playoffs in 2019.

Dallas made the Stanley Cup Finals two summers ago with Rick Bowness as interim head coach before signing a two-year contract that ended this season. Bowness was 89-62-26 with two playoff appearances in nearly three seasons.

“Pete brings a wealth of experience to our locker room, and we’re thrilled to name him our next head coach,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “Every team he’s taken on has not only shown immediate improvement, but been ultra-competitive in the Stanley Cup playoffs. …His resume shows the high standards he sets and his ability to bring his team to play at that level consistently.

This will be the fifth head coaching position for DeBoer, who over the past 14 seasons has coached Florida (2008-11), New Jersey (2011-15), San Jose (2015-20) and Vegas. He has a record of 513-379-123 in 1,015 regular season games. His 68-55 playoff record includes the Stanley Cup Finals with the Devils in 2012 and three years later with the Sharks.

DeBoer will be the Stars’ fifth coach since Jim Nill became their general manager in April 2013. DeBoer follows Lindy Ruff, Ken Hitchcock, Jim Montgomery and Bowness.


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