The Dallas Stars have fired head coach Jim Montgomery due to unprofessional conduct and named assistant Rick Bowness the interim bench boss, the team announced Tuesday. Dallas made the playoffs last season before losing in double-overtime in Game 7 of its second-round series on the road against the eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues.
The team didn't elaborate in its statement Tuesday.
The Dallas Stars have fired head coach Jim Montgomery.
With new controversies showing up faster than the league can count, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced yesterday that a "platform" will be set up for players to report inappropriate conduct within the league. Come Tuesday morning, another National Hockey League head coach has been fired and sent packing, but this time it was one none of us expected.
Dallas holds the first wild-card position in the Western Conference with a 17-11-3 record.
In additional moves, the club promoted Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal to the role of assistant coach on the Dallas Stars.
Under Nill, the Stars have had as head coaches Lindy Ruff, Ken Hitchcock and Montgomery.
Obviously the platform isn't set up yet, we don't even know what it will be.
Calgary coach Bill Peters resigned last month following accusations by former National Hockey League player Akim Aliu that Peters had directed racist slurs toward him while the two were in the minors a decade ago, an allegation the National Hockey League is looking into. Peters was also accused of physically abusing players while coaching with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Coach Mike Babcock was accused of verbal abuse after he was sacked by the underperforming Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago assistant Marc Crawford is being investigated for alleged physical abuse of players. Bettman said failure to do so would result in "severe discipline".
It's unclear what exactly the unprofessional conduct entails.