Home » Sports » Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness to Retire

Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness to Retire

May 6, 2024 10:09 AM | Sports


Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness has announced he’s retiring after 38 seasons in the NHL.

Bowness, 69, coached the Jets for two seasons and led the team to a 98-57-9 record during his tenure, including two Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances.

Bowness served as a coach for eight different franchises and was behind the bench for 17 playoff appearances, including trips to the finals as an associate coach with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015, and as Dallas Stars head coach in 2020.

Bowness was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, recognizing the top head coach in the NHL.

“Coaches have always told me … they’ve always said you’ll know it’s time,” Bowness said on Monday. “It just hit me then: It’s time.”

He served as a coach for eight different franchises and was behind the bench for 17 playoff appearances, including trips to the Stanley Cup Finals as an associate coach with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015, and as head coach of the Dallas Stars in 2020.

“When I leave, I just want to be remembered,” Bowness told reporters at a news conference in Winnipeg, choking back tears. “I just love the game, and I respected the game. I love this league. I respect the league.”

Health issues of his own and his wife, Judy, played a role in his decision, which went beyond disappointment over losing to Colorado in five games. After all, Bowness did a good enough job the rest of the time to be a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year for the first time for leading the Jets to a franchise-record 52 wins and a second consecutive postseason appearance in as many seasons on the job.

Bowness is one of only three head coaches — along with Scotty Bowman and Pat Quinn — to serve behind the bench in five different decades. His 2,726 games as an NHL coach are the most by anyone in league history.

Watch Monday’s news conference:

YouTube video

YouTube video

— With files from The Canadian Press


ADVERTISEMENT